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Cooling Off in the Context of Property Purchase Transactions & The Consumer Protection Act

The Alienation of Land Act provides that for immovable property sale transactions of R250 000 and below, a cooling off period of 5 business days applies. In this period the purchaser may notify the seller and revoke the offer with no consequences.

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Lease Agreements, Consumer Protection Act & Public Liability

Lease agreements are no different either, tenants are in a position to study a lease agreement before signing off and accepting rented properties. Despite having lesser bargaining power, tenants may also negotiate terms of the lease agreement with the landlord before parties eventually settle on what they agree on.

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Does the Consumer Protection Act apply to Estate Agents?

The Consumer Protection Act 68 OF 2008 (CPA) came into effect in 2011 with an aim of ensuring fair, competitive and responsible markets that protect South African consumers as well as to promote ethical business practices. It makes a distinction between suppliers of goods and services on one hand, as well as consumers on the other. This article seeks to implore to what extent the CPA is applicable to Estate Agents.

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Rights of Tenants and Landlords under the Consumer Protection Act

The Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (CPA) came into effect in 2011, and of particular interest to the brief discussion in this article it came with changes with regards to rental agreements. These changes include rights and obligations pertaining to early cancellation as well as the maximum period for a lease period.

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Both sides of the coin need to know this – Offer To Purchase

At Van Deventer and Van Deventer Attorneys, we can never overemphasise the importance of consulting with an attorney whenever property sale transactions are concluded. This is because the legal consequences of property transactions are serious and financially substantial. In this article we will discuss things that buyers and sellers in property sale transactions need to be aware and take note of so as to ensure their interests are secure during and after the transaction.

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Dissatisfied with the CSOS Order? Here is What You Can Do

It is commonplace that disputes arise in community living schemes owing to various reasons and therefore provisions must be in place to regulate dispute resolution processes between the parties involved. In the event that one party is not satisfied with the outcome of the adjudication process, this article will look at the process as to which such party may follow on appeal in pursuit of a favourable outcome.

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The Community Schemes Ombud Service – Your Questions Answered

Time and again in our work we receive questions with regards to Community Schemes and the Schemes Ombud (CSOS).

In this brief article, we will address a few of the pertinent questions that we receive from some of our clients and members of the public at large.

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The Cost of Circumventing the CSOS – The Heathrow Property Holdings Case

In the event where more than one adjudication forum has concurrent jurisdiction, the Plaintiff is of course at liberty to proceed with the forum of their choice.

For example, where there is a dispute with regards to a contract, the Court under whose jurisdiction such contract was concluded and the Court under whose jurisdiction the Defendant is domiciled, both retain jurisdiction. Under these circumstances the Plaintiff will proceed with either of the two Courts.

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What is the CSOS and What does it do?

The Community Scheme Ombud Service (CSOS) is a creature of statute being the Community Schemes Ombud Service Act 9 of 2011 (the Act), which came into force in October 2016.

The CSOS registers and superintends over governance of community schemes which are defined in the Act as Share Block Companies, Homeowners Associations, Housing Schemes for Retired Persons, Housing Cooperatives and Sectional Titles Development Schemes.

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The Nature of Community Living Scheme Rules – Public or Private?

At the centre of most disputes in community living schemes is the issue about the interpretation of and nature of the Conduct Rules. These rules can be by the Body Corporate or the Home Owners Association. Part of the responsibilities and/or jurisdiction of the Community Schemes Ombud Services (CSOS) include the vetting of Conduct Rules in as far as there is an obligation for these to be subservient to tenets of fairness, legality, and reasonableness.

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