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I am a qualified Attorney. I specialise in Property Law, Commercial Law, Corporate Law and Trusts.
 
Please visit our website at www.prop-law.co.za for more details.
 
I am an elected Committee Member of the Property Committee of the Association of Pretoria Attorneys and through my involvement, I like to ensure that I am constantly at the "sharp-end" of Conveyancing Practice.

I am the elected Chairman on the Gauteng Council of SAPOA. The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) is the biggest and most influential institution in the property industry. SAPOA members control about 90% of commercial property in SA, with a combined portfolio in excess of R150 Billion (about $22 Billion). I am also on the National Council and the National Legal Committee of SAPOA.
 
Member of the Institute of Directors South Africa and Member of the Sirdar Governance Panel.

14 March 2014

'Phasing out of verbal leases a welcome change'

See my previous comments on this issue on this Blog, for example HERE.

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'Phasing out of verbal leases a welcome change'

Currently, according to rental housing common law, residential leases can be verbal and the only requirement is that the notice periods be given in writing, but this can lead to numerous problems, either in miscommunication or some conditions being forgotten, says Michael Bauer, managing director of the estate agency IHPC.

Overcrowding of rented properties becoming major problem

Overcrowding of rented properties becoming major problem

Landlords need to crackdown on the illegal overcrowding of rented properties says Tony Clarke of the Rawson Property Group.

'When the number of occupants in a rented property increases way above the levels allowed by the local municipality the property becomes damaged and deteriorates.'

'Furthermore, the atmosphere in the area or the complex tends to become 'unpleasant' and in some cases even hostile - particularly when the unit is part of a large multi-unit apartment complex accommodating a great many people.'

New bill shields tenants and landlords

New bill shields tenants and landlords

Two weeks ago, Human Settlements Minister Connie September introduced the Rental Housing Amendment Bill in the National Assembly.

One of the major changes is the inclusion of 'maintenance' of the dwelling being leased. It includes 'repairs and upkeep as may be required to ensure that a dwelling is fit or suitable to live in'.

Listed property shenanigans - Property | Moneyweb

Listed property shenanigans
Author: Patrick Cairns

There's an unpleasant undercurrent to corporate activity in the sector.

CAPE TOWN – Late last week, the listed property sector's second biggest player, Redefine (JSE:RDF), announced that it would be acquiring the entire issued capital of Annuity. This added R2.1 billion worth of property to its portfolio, and included a R103 million payment for Annuity's management companies.

Last year, the sector's biggest counter, Growthpoint (JSE:GRT), concluded a R1.3 billion takeover of Abseq. That deal also included taking over the Equity Estates property management company that was responsible for Abseq's assets.

11 March 2014

Deed office fraud to be investigated

Deed office fraud to be investigated

The special Investigating Unit (SIU) has been directed by President Jacob Zuma to investigate theft, fraud, corruption and maladministration in the lodging and processing of deeds on the deeds registration system at the deeds offices in Pretoria, Cape Town and Bloemfontein.

This investigation forms part of a wider probe Zuma has asked the SIU to undertake into the affairs of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) and its service providers.

Last month Zuma directed the SIU to investigate, among other things, corruption, unlawful conduct, serious maladministration, unlawful expenditure of public money or property and intentional or negligent loss of public money or damage to public property.

Pretoria landmark apartments demolition halted

OH MY WORD!

Here we go again.  The Schubart Park Saga continues.

Any avid reader of this Blog (if there are any) would realise that I am a long time advocate of the densification of our cities.  It just makes economic sense.

In my opinion, going UP makes far more sense than the urban sprawl that results from the construction of thousands of one-storey homes.

Unfortunately, the Schubart Park experience is not a very good example for my contention and the failure to bring it to finality is a constant reminder of the negative aspects of "high-rise living".

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Commercial and Property Attorney
















Pretoria landmark apartments demolition halted

Tshwane has done an about-turn on Schubart Park flats. After insisting the four-block eye-sore will be demolished, the city will now refurbish the troubled high-density blocks of flats.



Schubart Park flats which were going to be demolished are now going to be refurbished.

The refurbishment will entail conversion of buildings on the western side of the CBD to meet the higher standards for energy-efficient buildings.

It is however not clear what will happen to Block D which was condemned

House prices up 8% a year - FNB

I spent a couple of hours with John Loos from FNB a couple of weeks ago and as always he was entertaining and informative.  I can always recommend that you pay attention to what he says.  You don't have to agree with him on his predictions (I have disagreed with him in the past on this Blog) but he always has the facts and figures to support a trend he has spotted or an opinion he has.

His articles, reports, etc. are usually available on the FNB website.

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Commercial and Property Attorney















House prices up 8% a year - FNB

Average house prices rose last month by 8 percent year on year, which was slightly lower than the revised 8.2 percent in January, FNB said earlier this week.

Real house price growth came in at 2.33 percent year on year in January, which was slightly slower than the 2.83 percent real price growth in December.

John Loos, a household and property sector strategist, said although house price growth was slower, it was still positive in real terms, implying a stronger market. 'Slower but still positive real house price growth may merely represent a slightly slower pace of market improvement but improvement nevertheless,' he said.

Loos said the growth rate reflected a solid market, which was supported by the 49.4 percent year-on-year growth in the SA Revenue Services' property transfer duty revenue for January.

He said it was probably too early for last month's FNB data to reflect any slowing impact that January's interest rate increase might have had.

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Commercial and Property Attorney

How to deal with delinquent tenants

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How to deal with delinquent tenants

Tenants are protected by the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from Unlawful Occupation of Land Act, No. 19 of 1998, also known as the PIE Act. This act applies to the occupation of residential property.

The purpose of the Act is to ensure that tenants are protected from any unlawful evictions. This however does not mean that they can't be evicted; it simply means that the correct procedures must be followed by the landlord or managing agent, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.

Property taxes come under scrutiny

Over the past few years has been evolving from a social and networking chat shop into an organisation that adds real value to its members.  The article below discusses one of the latest steps in that evolution.

Please visit the SAPOA website if you would like more information about this organisation.

http://www.sapoa.org.za/

Gareth Shepperson
Commercial and Property Attorney















Property taxes come under scrutiny

The SA Property Owners Association (Sapoa) is pushing ahead with a pivotal initiative to lay bare the current property tax regime in South Africa, with the appointment of Business Enterprise at the University of Pretoria in partnership with specialist consultants Rates Watch.