Anthony Whatmore & Company - LawDotNews May 2024 | In the Land of the Will, Clarity is King https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCgxh-kasO0OKfYpsgg-JLEorS_wxWMHzGJlSv0VTxwWVR6SwrmrwEhlxOV4jclm-gMwpxkCghk5JbPvVqwifzsIQ=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 May 2024 Your will is probably the most important document you will ever sign, and a recent Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) decision confirms once again how critical it is to ensure that it is professionally drawn to reflect your wishes clearly and unambiguously.&nbsp; Let&rsquo;s explore the legal principles involved and the &ldquo;golden rule of interpretation&rdquo; in the context of a bitter dispute between a financially-struggling widow on the one hand, and her three step-children on the other. Each... April 2024 | Property: Why Do You Need an Occupancy Certificate Before You Buy? https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg8MzxBh_-YEeTTiGGOYmcJuF4Z5c4WecA26EosBpTGfMGH_vBaRVrIxBvyardP9mpJSR_-kYu4ApEcvNHwNtsoc=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 April 2024 Imagine what a disaster it would be if, after you have bought your new dream house and moved the family in, you are told you must vacate immediately because no &ldquo;occupancy certificate&rdquo; was ever issued. How can that be? What is an occupancy certificate? Is it vital to have one? Is there a general duty on a seller to provide you with one? We address those questions in the context of a recent High Court decision which confirms that it&rsquo;s up to you to protect yourself in that regar... March 2024 | Property Sales: “Conditional Acceptance” of an Offer is Not Acceptance, It’s Rejection https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg0Xsiy0k5rniJEPAygbye0e-2sjQEztlpef736CTaGDIFqQchf9hNrMJaPyCXf-SQ7UymRJcnmzLhkYlouhEPG0=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 March 2024 Making a counter-offer to an offer to purchase can be an excellent negotiating tactic in trying to reach consensus so you can finalise a binding sale agreement.&nbsp; But beware of the concept of &ldquo;conditional acceptance&rdquo;. It is actually a rejection of the offer, and you very likely have no valid sale at all unless both parties now agree on the proposed amendments and counter-sign them. We illustrate the dangers of losing sight of this principle in the context of a recent High Court... February 2024 | Why Buyers Should Ask for Building Plans (and Why Sellers Should Supply Them) https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg6Xb00N7IQtMuqOpX6Dag4LFpJ8i8F__IYfh0l1VvhARYaTBqH0RsrA_NJBaJadrbb1uLO4msluBYOZlGsVqvJY=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 February 2024 If, after a property buyer has taken transfer, it turns out that a structure on the property is unlawful for lack of local authority planning permission and approved plans, who must fix the problem? Does the buyer have any claim against the seller? We address those questions in the context of the general rule that building permission is legally required before any construction can begin. We discuss also why both parties should take steps upfront to avoid any disputes over the issue &ndash; why... January 2024 | Can You Use Land Use Laws to Close Down a Neighbour’s Business? https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCgzKayaTH56aKmvnQF0D935uBdIWIF8-CLTfSYNXW6jDRAHCZ1N2Dz3x2fzpGJ9FXyH9QR7XcORMZrupoYZU8uY8=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 January 2024 If you find yourself being driven to distraction by nuisance from a neighbour&rsquo;s business operation, and if all your efforts to find a peaceful compromise have come to nought, it&rsquo;s time to consider going the legal route. That&rsquo;s never first prize with neighbours, but if they leave you no choice it&rsquo;s off to court you go. We discuss the outcomes of two cases involving businesses being conducted by neighbours in breach of the local land use laws. To end off, we&rsquo;ll shar... December 2023 | Festive Season Sellers: Start Getting Your Compliance Certificates Ready https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg2OPApKLy_o57GnRGA0au_SWMLWjbwRmjzA7PGLGJ_ie7qwLWV-MdGe9JYOPnYVoXq5UWizOGZFTB7tUGoeRi9Q=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 December 2023 Property sale levels always surge in the Holiday Season, so it&rsquo;s a good time to remind sellers (and their buyers) of the various compliance certificates that may be needed before transfer can be registered.&nbsp; Sellers in particular should prepare as soon as possible to have the necessary inspections and remedial work carried out as any delays on that side can impact badly on the timing of the whole transfer. Read on for our checklist of the five compliance certificates you may need&... November 2023 | A Costly Case of Buyer’s Remorse https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg0GP4Ulo6yfr40LCaUOLOuAIcy2-5p_v7jPgWys-x3PFB0h3Ro7fJRSFotF-zev40giQoX58D0FHqG-zbU0e0JQ=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 November 2023 Buying or selling property is a big deal for most of us, and no one wants to be in the position of a couple who, having viewed a house advertised as &ldquo;a renovator&rsquo;s dream&rdquo;, signed an offer to purchase immediately but then changed their minds.&nbsp; Too late! The seller had already accepted the offer, creating a binding sale agreement. The buyers&rsquo; breach left them liable to pay the agents their commission - a costly mistake which they could easily have avoided. We discuss... October 2023 | Security Warning: Property Sale Cybercrime Surges, and a New AI Danger https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg_-RvRQ0YJtVCtVJK8BW6bJXiaV30TGiWDnjYYjrHAu9IVUTUXY8vnzhxFqUww7PDOjkKcqwlPw4UIlD4eV9T2A=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 October 2023 October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, a good time to focus on the fact that cybercriminals are targeting more and more property transactions. If you are selling or buying property, keep your guard up! In the context of yet another High Court dispute over who will bear the loss of a substantial amount of money paid by a buyer into a fraudster&rsquo;s bank account, we discuss the risks and share some tips on how to minimise them. Lastly, there&rsquo;s a warning about a new and significant A... September 2023 | How to Protect Your Children’s Inheritances from Ending Up in the Guardian’s Fund https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg8OwXVRfTFJk_mZt-vvt2wwfHXh2XgHBnb8QxqK2jlKchkieWO9llWw2Lea0FcAssED1lTlgcmTEHEAAhwwrwyg=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 September 2023 A critical element in ensuring our children&rsquo;s welfare after we are gone is of course providing for them financially. But that involves more than just drawing a will. Your will must be structured correctly, and an important aspect of that is to protect minor children&rsquo;s inheritances until they turn eighteen. Otherwise, those inheritances might well end up in the government-run Guardian&rsquo;s Fund. We&rsquo;ll explain why that&rsquo;s not a great idea at all, and we&rsquo;ll suggest... August 2023 | Your New House Leaks Like a Sieve – Can You Sue the Seller? https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg_J0urLyqMeLFEvwzmj2hw9zcjUf93-sebILDFo6Au0s9MygRaTsExaeztbNksnH4UBaCsM16VDrT4Dvk8e81zY=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 August 2023 You and your family move into your new dream home full of happy anticipation but then it rains, and your roof leaks. Badly.&nbsp; As you run around with buckets and towels while trying to find a roof repairer available at short notice, you wonder whether you can sue the seller. We&rsquo;ll address that question with reference to a recent Supreme Court of Appeal judgment concerning a flooded-out guest house and a seller who denied fraudulent non-disclosure of roof defects.In days of yore, a wri... July 2023 | Leaving Anything Important Out of Your Property Sale Agreement Will Sink It https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg3QtZwURJY1_lhytAR89aA9OwesR25-QGlg5QQ-ZdeAFR63njpskfXIGoLHUkw_zzmTlVQGWdLNQBPbu9gGwfKg=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 July 2023 In what format must your property sale agreement be, and what terms and conditions must it incorporate for it to be valid and enforceable? We&rsquo;ll address that question with reference to a recent Supreme Court of Appeal fight over a R4.5m sale of land which was declared void after 7 years of confusion, delay, and wasted opportunity. All because the parties failed to include in their sale agreement a term relating to the subdivision of one of the pieces of land being sold. Our discussion co... June 2023 | Property Buyers: The Danger of Not Doing Your Financial Homework https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg42ch98cZWzUdM3aEkFwcG_f3aS9lSOaiu2Y3aMa5FWxzbS59nEdZv0MsgNGXrPsQQyAptdggukxIC4Sm0rY5_k=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 June 2023 You sell a property but when it comes to the crunch the buyer can&rsquo;t pay the required deposit. You have to cancel the sale and can only resell at a lower price and by paying an estate agent to help you. Can you claim damages to cover all your losses from the defaulting buyer? Or perhaps you are on the other side of the coin, a buyer about to sign a sale agreement. How certain should you be that you can meet all the obligations you are committing yourself to, and what happens if you breach... May 2023 | Overtime: The Importance of Agreements https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg6dvSShSPiNeuGReOueKny8ecaX_EqbZEtqDwFDqfOQq22ZA-TZ3K7K9LhQF2Jck5YwfGZeouED2dAdSz427jTY=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 May 2023 Most businesses will at some stage or another ask their employees to work overtime.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s great if your employees are happy to do so. But if you think you might ever meet resistance and have to force the issue, know that you must have in place a valid agreement to work overtime before you can enforce any such instruction. A recent Labour Court case highlights the downsides of having no agreement in place, or of having such an agreement in place but failing to understand that th... April 2023 | Buying Property as an Investment – Some Strategies for Success https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg5PwtKbpJ1kAiFwaqyt0pIAsDZAUk3P9ZJntyoD6s8Xtz2d-OcbzwKN5a0WlY4sTmLRLTf32RtQXv1z8fNiPDyc=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 April 2023 Few investment portfolios will be complete without an element of property exposure. Of course, how much that exposure should be is a function of your own particular goals and needs, of your investment horizon, of your tolerance for risk, of your current and projected financial status and so on. The point is that property can be a great wealth-builder, particularly for investors after steady income combined with capital growth, but it does need a structured and informed approach to provide maxi... March 2023 | Installing Home Solar – How to Comply with the Regulatory Requirements https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCgxpDy1bJYxqtq1K33y94EIdhPBSQzHmXhtyq05KlekkWNU7S96X4v8lbN3o4wCAHRYaVbFetMLECAYc7byNVahE=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 March 2023 As Eskom&rsquo;s woes deepen, more and more homeowners are looking at installing solar panel systems to keep the lights on. Government promises of assistance will no doubt accelerate this trend, but in addition to the myriad practical considerations you need to address (have a look at our list of important questions to ask a prospective installer <strong>before</strong> accepting any quote) be aware of the regulations that apply. Ignore them at your peril &ndash; there are threats of severe pe... February 2023 | Neighbours Behaving Badly: Illegal Buildings and Demolition Orders https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg18Xkv3fSTx9Ib4OhAPXPh0EiYdc06qLWZV_tpF93RXh4q3EryL_w2lWmIFEhyolCU-5Rkgelyk_-hla9Tx1gqA=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 February 2023 Your neighbour starts building an apartment block next door &ndash; without approved building plans. What can you do about it? We address that question with reference to a recent High Court case in which two neighbours asked the Court to order a property owner to demolish a multi-story apartment block he had been building in contravention of municipal &ldquo;stop building&rdquo; orders. The outcome, and the Court&rsquo;s reasons for granting the demolition order, hold valuable lessons both ... January 2023 | New Year, New Business - How to Pick the Right Legal Entity for It https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg22LfP7q5TPlD8R3pwu0GaV8Urfk0WYRykJgj34CNQk6WoVzjkmAVemdG6YYVcvCM85265J1MLOxsff2irKi22A=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 January 2023 2023 dawns and you decide to realise your dream &ndash; you&rsquo;re finally going into business for yourself. No more 9-5, no more horrible bosses, no more cubicles and endless meetings, no more corporate nonsense&hellip; But are you an entrepreneur? What&rsquo;s your plan? What legal entity should you trade in? We share some thoughts on how to answer those questions. Then we summarise the four choices of business entity available to you, analysing the pros and cons of each in an illustr... December 2022 | Selling Property this Festive Season: The Tax Angle https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg0Xn453HLi0QxtEACqIAY5D-NHXOtP0Sk3zdHe-uhWoh6YVjsvyCoxMnzJW-ffe19MheYU1kN7kUCfBU1zdvyNM=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 December 2022 If you are one of the many &ldquo;Festive Season Sellers&rdquo; taking advantage of the December/January holidays to look for the best price for your house, remember to plan your finances so you aren&rsquo;t ambushed by unexpected expenses down the line. An expense not always understood, nor adequately planned for, is the possibility that you will be liable for capital gains tax on the sale. We discuss the concepts of &ldquo;base cost&rdquo;, &ldquo;capital gain&rdquo; and &ldquo;primary resid... November 2022 | Bond Clauses: Beware the Deadlines! https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg_ts2U1Yaoq_4wgv8eL9Tu6pYrOnIGbDXClcnhpHAqSAoHDMhw-4ypIyq5vtSRzq4OcQ2UQsISnyq7JWxL5GLCE=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 November 2022 Buying and selling property is a big deal, and things can go wrong in the blink of an eye unless both buyer and seller understand exactly what their sale agreement says, and then either meet all deadlines or extend them as set out in the agreement. We discuss the dangers of not doing so with reference to a recent High Court decision in which a seller and buyer came to blows over the R600,000 deposit paid by the buyer to the estate agent involved.&nbsp; The buyer wanted his R600k back, the sel... October 2022 | Why You Should Sign a Power of Attorney Before You Emigrate or Travel https://www.dotnews.co.za/Code/online.aspx?qry=yKPR5eDKNlaukY9Ps7iCg1B6bzqdPXPvC5dyrrhpHYBKpzHSx6Ji6koVZtit6-zG1KpVwedYQdL2D5Vh2CvKIeUmzWHwef4g_flYSsuKUEY=-NOPAD Anthony Whatmore & Company 01 October 2022 Leaving South Africa for foreign climes, whether permanently or for an extended period, probably means leaving behind unfinished business or financial affairs, and/or property or other assets needing to be dealt with. And whilst it is certainly possible for you to sign documentation, contracts and the like whilst in another country, the inconvenience and costs likely to be associated with the necessary authentication procedures &ndash; to meet local requirements &ndash; are avoidable. We di...