The Consumer Protection Act

These articles refer to provisions of the Consumer Protection Act or related case law.

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The cost of not getting your property inspected on time

Property transactions are complex and this was brought home recently when doing an inspection for a client. A young couple had bought a place from a developer off-plan. The developer built the house, and by and large the workmanship was good. The experience however, was not. Normal tensions between the  builders promises and clients expectations were …

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Does the sellers declaration protect the buyer?

Does the sellers declaration protect the buyer? The Consumer Tribunal set up in terms of the consumer protection act issued a judgment in 2014 that clarifies the rights of sellers and buyers in a second-hand property transaction. In case number NCT/12984/2014/75(1) (b) CPA the applicant sought relief from the first respondent (the estate agent), the …

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Home owners not adequately protected by legislative requirements

Home owners not adequately protected by legislative requirements Properly anchoring the roof to the walls in fundamental for structural soundness.  Yet there appears to be a loophole in the legislative requirements which may leave home buyers exposed. HouseCheck was recently commissioned to do a HouseCheck on two relatively newly built duplex units. When inspecting the roof …

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Building? Immediately cut the stress by inspecting

It would seem that nobody is exempt from being ripped off by bad workmanship, or by a shoddy approach to upgrades. HouseCheck offers a special report for those contemplating “upgrades” or those who may be in conflict with their builders. Use an indépendant SAHITA and NABISA accredited inspector to make sure your building operations proceed …

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Ombudsman warns home buyers to take proven action

In rejecting an appeal against an insurance company for defective plumbing the Ombudsman for Short-Term Insurance, Dennis Jooste has warned home buyers that the onus remains on home buyers to satisfy themselves that the property was not defective in any form. Jooste dismissed a buyer’s claim against Absa for leaking water pipes in a recently …

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Home Inspection

Home inspection: SA estate agents are laggards

Home inspection is really taking off in South Africa but estate agents are still lagging far behind international trends in consumer protection.  The majority of South African estate agents are still not recommending that buyers make a home inspection a condition of their offer if the property is being sold voetstoots. HouseCheck, South Africa’s leading home …

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