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Schindlers | South Africa | 22 Nov 2013

Failure to cede exclusive use areas

It occurs frequently that upon transfer of a section in a sectional title scheme to the transferee thereof, that exclusive use areas (“EUA’s”) are not…
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Schindlers | South Africa | 21 Nov 2013

What it means for the COJ to “investigate” and “resolve” queries

The City of Johannesburg (“COJ’s”) Credit Control and Debt Collection Bylaws provide that a consumer can lodge a query or complaint with the City and…
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Schindlers | South Africa | 13 Nov 2013

Can you claim losses caused by power outages?

Recently City Power has blamed power outages on an unlawful strike by two hundred City Power employees. Can losses caused by the power outages be…
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Schindlers | South Africa | 8 Nov 2013

Municipal refunds

When a seller sells a property, he is required by law to obtain a rates clearance certificate from the local municipality, which certifies that all…
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Schindlers | South Africa | 6 Nov 2013

Building plans and voetstoots

If you have bought a property only to realize 6 months down the line that it does not have approved building plans, this constitutes a latent defect…
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Schindlers | South Africa | 23 Oct 2013

Prescription and the city of Johannesburg

Schindlers is often instructed to handle disputes with the City of Johannesburg (‘the City’) in relation to charges billed for water and electricity…
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Schindlers | South Africa | 18 Oct 2013

Know your rights: water/electricity disconnections

Schindlers is often contacted by desperate consumers who have been unlawfully terminated by the City of Joburg as a result of arrears that they do…
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Schindlers | South Africa | 10 Oct 2013

Electricity theft in a multi-household setting: common questions and answers

It is increasingly common to find that electricity meters (pre-paid or conventional) are bypassed by the occupants of properties, be they commercial…
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Schindlers | South Africa | 9 Oct 2013

Unusually high water bill?

There are two possible reasons why you may have suddenly received an unusually high Water Bill. Either the City* has made a mistake on the account and…
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Schindlers | South Africa | 25 Sep 2013

COJ unlawfully discriminating against sectional title owners

In recent months it has been brought to our attention that the City seems to be billing sectional title schemes incorrectly, or alternatively…
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