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YOUR DOG, CAT OR COW (EVEN YOUR BEES) COULD COST YOU MILLIONS

Our law will generally hold you liable for damages only if someone else can prove that you caused them loss/damage/injury through your “fault” (intent or negligence). That seems fair and logical – if it’s your fault, you pay. If however the loss was caused by your animal/s, you are in a much more dangerous position […]

NEIGHBOURS BUILDING? KNOW YOUR RIGHTS RE PLAN APPROVAL

Your neighbours apply to the municipality for approval of building plans. You object strongly – if allowed, you say, the new building/addition/alteration will seriously impact on your property’s appeal and value. It will be unsightly and objectionable. It will ruin the neighbourhood. How must the municipality’s “decision makers” assess the plans in light of your […]

CONVEYANCING FEES: WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?

If you are a first time home buyer and new to the home buying process, you may not be familiar with the conveyancing process, which parties are involved and who pays the costs. Conveyancing is the legal process whereby ownership of immovable South African property is transferred from one party to another. The seller has […]

WHY DO YOU NEED A WILL?

ensure that your assets go to the loved ones you intend on benefitting ensure that minors are cared for planning may reduce Estate Duty payable by your estate ensure that professionals are appointed to administer your estate and carry out your will and wishes Contact Bardine Hall at Goldberg & de Villiers In 041-5019800 to […]

THE IMPACT OF THE JUDGEMENT LEGALISING THE USE OF CANNABIS

On 18 September 2018 the Constitutional Court handed down judgement which declared legislation criminalising the use, possession, purchase and cultivation of cannabis unconstitutional. According to the judgement, the following summarises that which is allowed and that which is not allowed: What is allowed: An adult may utilise cannabis in private; An adult to may possess […]

PROPERTY BUYERS: BEWARE UNLAWFUL OCCUPIERS!

You are it seems in good company if you view times of depressed property prices and general uncertainty as a great buying opportunity. Just be aware that if it is a house you are after, whether as an investment or to live in, you should do your homework if the property is (or might be) […]

NEW MONETARY THRESHOLD FOR SMALL CLAIMS COURT

As from 01 April 2019, the monetary jurisdiction of the Small Claims Court will increase to R20 000 (as per Government Gazette, GG 42282, GoN 296 dated 5 March 2019). The Small Claims Court provides a quicker and cheaper method of pursuing civil claims that fall within the stipulated threshold. Often claimants abandon part of their […]

BEWARE THE BUILDING DEADLINES WHEN BUYING-TO-BUILD

Here’s yet another warning from our courts to take seriously the building deadlines commonly imposed on buyers of plots in residential estates. Failure to comply with them could expose you to heavy fines, recurring penalties and even the risk of losing your plot altogether. A Home Owners Association (HOA) imposed “double levy” penalties totalling R105k […]