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Consumer law advice and legal services especially pertaining to the purchase of defective and damaged motor vehicles and your remedies in these circumstances. Cancellation of Leases and contracts etc.  

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 gas compliance certificate

Both sellers and Estate Agents should be made aware of this legal requirement.

Last week we received this inquiry.

 “I am in the process of selling my house. I have a permanent gas oven in the house and the transferring attorney is now telling me that I need to get a gas compliance certificate for my gas oven. Is this necessary, and should the buyer not be responsible for this and the cost involved in getting one?”

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You can not just pack up and move out.

The termination or cancellation of a commercial lease agreement/s is always a legal conundrum.

One of the matters that we specialise in is Consumer law and also in lease agreement cancellations and terminations.

It is a contract and must be dealt with correctly and legally if you want to cancel it or terminate it prematurely ie before its expiry date.

You cannot just cancel a lease agreement.

If you breach the lease and simply vacate and abandon the premises the High Court can grant the landlord an order for specific performance.

This can mean that the court orders you to return to the premises and pay the rental for the balance of the lease period. Alternatively, it can allow the landlord the right to cancel the lease because of your breach and grant an order for damages in favour of the landlord being equivalent to the rent due for the balance of the period.

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What are your rights when your vehicle breaks again as a result of soddy workmanship?

We still get a lot of enquiries from clients and consumers who feel that they have been ripped off.

A recent example was of a client who had his vehicle repaired by a service provider in Welkom in the Orange Free State.

 “My vehicle broke down on the N1 four months ago. I had the vehicle towed to a service centre in Welkom with an oil leak on the Gearbox. They ended up redoing the engine which took more than 4 months. After doing the engine on the vehicle and when it was still in their workshop; there was a bearing knock and they had to redo the engine again. I had already paid them R162 000.00 for this first repair and they then wanted to charge me again for the second repair even though they never returned the vehicle to me and they failed while the vehicle was still with them to repair it properly in the first place in terms of their quote. What are my rights?”

 

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During the course of this last month we did a blog on Accident damaged vehicles being Defective Motor Vehicles and in that blog we also covered the consumers rights, in terms of the Consumer Protection Act No 68 of 2008(CPA), to claim a repair, a replacement or a refund of the purchase price from the dealer and/or service provider in the event that the consumer had bought a defective/accident damaged vehicle.

We continue to get daily inquiries about this problem.

A purchaser also has similar rights in terms of the common law, in the possible event that the CPA is not applicable in the circumstances of any particular case. This can occur for example when the 6-month statutory period since the date of sale has already expired.

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Within six months after the delivery of goods, a consumer may return the goods to the supplier without penalty and at the supplier’s risk and expense

We did a blog last week on the difference in approach now under the CPA and the previous situation where a consumer could only rely on the common law for a remedy if they bought a defective car and in response, we received the following query:

“Please explain to me how the implied warranty in terms of the Consumer Protection Act works as I also recently bought a defective motor vehicle which has now cost me R 37500.00 to repair and is still not 100%. What are my rights in this instance?”

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