Rouwkoop Clauses: What Is It and Is It Enforceable?

The rouwkoop clause, frequently featured in agreements between sellers and purchasers, grants the seller the right to retain a portion or a specified amount of the payment if the agreement is cancelled. The general principle, which normally applies when an agreement between two parties is cancelled, whether unilaterally or by agreement, is that of restitution […]

The Dos and Don’ts for Landlords Regarding the Rental Housing Act

In South Africa, the Rental Housing Act lays out important dos and don’ts for landlords. By adhering to these guidelines, landlords can maintain positive, lawful relationships with tenants, ensuring a fair and transparent renting experience for all parties involved. Landlords play a crucial role in providing safe and comfortable homes for tenants. In South Africa, […]

Should Sellers Provide Approved Building Plans When Selling Property?

The simple answer is no. However, the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act mandates that local authorities approve building plans for the construction, alteration, or conversion of a building. Consequently, if approved plans are absent, the property owner would be committing a statutory offence. Once signed by both parties, an offer to purchase becomes […]

Responsibility to maintain and repair foundations and boundary walls in a sectional title scheme

This article will briefly consider the definitions of common property vis-à-vis sections in terms of the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act 8 of 2011 in order to establish who must maintain what in sectional title scheme developments. Many residential developments in South Africa are established in terms of South Africa’s sectional title scheme legislation. Residents […]

Exercise of rights and obligations under a praedial servitude

A servitude is a limited real right which entitles its holder either to the use and enjoyment of another person’s property or to insist that such other person shall refrain from exercising certain entitlements following from his or her right of ownership over and in respect of his or her property which he or she […]

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