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An electronic agreement for the purchase of a house is not currently valid in our law.

We get many varied emails and queries from people all over the country on a daily basis.

Some are straightforward; others really interesting.

At The Legal Advice Office; we received the following query last week

 “I am in the process of purchasing a house in Pretoria, but live in Bloemfontein.

I recently bought my motor vehicle by merely signing certain online documentation electronically, and it was so quick and easy to complete. I asked the estate agent in Pretoria who is acting for the seller if I can use the same technology to purchase the house, but she said that the contract won’t be valid if I sign it electronically. Is this true? Please, could you advise me?”

water bill faulty

If the meter is defective then it is the responsibility of the municipality to not only repair it they would also be liable for the cost of the wasted water.

 Here is the gist of an email inquiry we received last week:

 “Hugh; thank you for taking my earlier call. I live in Newlands in Cape Town and as you know we have severe water restrictions. I’ve really tried to cut down on my water consumption and over the last year, it‘s been very low. However, over the past 4 months my municipal water accounts suddenly more than tripled. Knowing this cannot be right I queried my accounts with the municipality. They said the consumption was correct according to my water meter and I must pay or my water would be cut off. The only explanation I have is that the water meter is not working correctly; but whose responsibility is it to verify this and whose responsibility is the excess water usage if it is defective?”

municipal debt unconstitutional

Does a seller’s historical Municipal debt “travel” with the property into the hands of the purchaser?

An important judgment was handed down by the Constitutional Court on the 29th August 2017 in the matter between Chantelle Jordaan and Others versus the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and Others under case numbers: CCT 283/16; 293/16 and 294/16.

This judgment should be noted by all property owners, estate agents, conveyancers and local authorities.

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