RENTED BY MANY, OWNED BY FEW: BECOMING A SECTIONAL OWNER

  Thinking of buying the section of the flat you renting? You can go from being a tenant to an owner of your flat. “When you buy into a sectional title complex or development you purchase a section(s) and an undivided share of…

SERVITUDES EXPLAINED

Most people only come across the term servitude upon purchasing property and even then, are left with confusion as to what a servitude is outside of that particular context. Here’s what you need to know: A servitude is a right that…

Foreign Land Affairs

South Africa has become a common place for foreign homeowners. The South African property market is a great investment for foreign nationals willing to spend their dollar’s, pound’s and euro’s here. Whether you have been attracted…

THE GOVERNANCE OF BODIES CORPORATE

Units within Sectional Title Housing Schemes are very much part of the South African property ownership experience, but so few of us know how and why schemes, and the communal interests of the owners, are governed or regulated. The Sectional…

What exactly is my Domicilium Citandi?

  Quite often when completing a form or signing a contract one comes across a clause, usually at the end, that refers to a domicilium citandi et executandi. This so-called domicilium clause is found even in documents as simple as,…

A New Home For Your Wish List?

If you are looking to buy a new home this new year, planning is essential. Save for the largest deposit you can afford, have all the required documents ready and remember, the sooner you put yourself in a position to enter the property…

THE PRO’S AND CON’S OF SECTIONAL TITLE OWNERSHIP

Sectional title living has grown in popularity over the last decade for reasons which include heightened security and a more communal way of living. Sectional titles tend to be more affordable which makes it easier for young people to own…

BOREHOLE FEVER

So, you just bought some new land or a new house and now you’re wondering about boreholes as supposedly being the eco-friendly and energy-efficient way of getting running water onto your property. For some parts of South Africa domestic…

PROPERTY ENCROACHMENTS - WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE

Ever found yourself frustrated with a neighbour of yours erecting some kind of structure which (intentionally or unintentionally) appears to sneak onto your piece of land? It is not an uncommon phenomenon and the problem many property owners…

Can I sell my property?

The question above may at first seem simply to answer, however there are a few aspects one must consider very carefully before an accurate answer can be provided. Property has such a wide variety of meanings that it is almost impossible…