INTRODUCTIONThis article examines more closely the thorny issue of when engineering contribution figures demanded by the municipality become due and payable. COMMON MUNICIPAL PRACTICE In most (but not all) municipalities it is common practice to require payment of any engineering contribution figures levied (but not paid) at the time when rates clearance figures are applied
INTRODUCTIONThe purpose of this article is to explain the laws and policies that determine how property rates and other services are charged to erven that do not have residential homes on, but form part of the garden of a person’s residence. TYPICAL EXAMPLE The problem discussed in this article most commonly arises where a person’s
INTRODUCTIONThere can be nothing more alarming than suddenly receiving a monthly invoice containing municipal charges that far exceed what you had expected or budgeted for. There are three possible reasons why you may have suddenly received an unusually high water bill. The City* may have:i. overestimated the amounts that you should be charged for based
INTRODUCTION It is a settled law that if a landlord unlawfully deprives a tenant of electricity or water supply at a residential property, this constitutes spoliation, or unlawful dispossession. This unlawful dispossession can beprotected by bringing an application to a Court for an order that the supply be restored immediately. The action under which this
INTRODUCTIONProperties on which residential sectional title schemes or apartment blocks are built must be billed by the City in a manner that takes into account the number of ‘dwelling units’ or ‘flats’ at the property.This is because in terms of our law, each ‘unit’ or ‘flat’ is entitled to 6 free kl of water per
INTRODUCTION This article considers when, and the extent to which, charges ought to be reversed from a consumer’s account as a result of a categorization change. RATING CATEGORIZATIONS The law provides that municipalities are entitled to determine the categories in respect of which properties within their jurisdictions fall for rating purposes. These categories must, by
INTRODUCTION Sections 20(2)(c)(i), 48, 63, and Chapter 5 of the Town Planning and Townships Ordinance 15 of 1986 (“the Ordinance”) deal with the levying and payment of engineering contribution figures. These are essentially amounts payable by a person who has applied for rights to change the use of a property, in order to facilitate the
INTRODUCTIONThe Provincial Heritage Resources Authority Gauteng is a governmental organisation that is responsible for the protection of heritage sites in Gauteng. PHRA-G is established and governed in terms of the National Heritage Resources Act 25 of 1999 (‘the Act’).   WHAT DOES PHRA-G GOVERN?In terms of this Act, any building or site which is identified
WHAT IS THE NHBRC? The Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act 95 of 1998 was introduced into our law to protect housing consumers and establish the National Homebuilders Registration Council (NHBRC) as the regulatory body of the home building industry. The NHBRC also sets out to promote ethical and technical standards, holds home builders accountable for
SUMMARY The present case is an application based on the mandament van spolie to restore the supply of water and electricity services which were restricted by a Home Owners Association due to arrear levies on the account. Gert van Rooyen (the Applicant) leased a property within an estate. The owner of the property was a