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    “No,” you cannot be held liable for payment of the property rates.

    Herewith the real question: Can a seller be held to ransom after selling his/her property and applying for a rates clearance certificate for future municipal debts which may occur to the property involved?

    Recently; we received the following query from a seller who had sold her house in Johannesburg. 

    “I have just sold my house and the conveyancers applied for a rates clearance certificate as it is required in the transfer process. The municipality has now requested me to pay the estimated rates until the end of their financial year, which will be months after my house has been transferred to the new owner; and they will not issue the rates clearance until I pay them the sum they want.

    How can I be held to ransom for these future rates just because I need a rates clearance certificate now?”

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