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Is it legal for law enforcement agencies to confiscate my building materials after demolishing my shack?

No, it is not legal.

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Can a title deed be transferred to a child?

Yes, if the child is between the ages of 7 and 18, and a parent or guardian is there to help.

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What steps should I take when my housing status says I'm approved?

Keep checking the status of your application until your house is ready to be allocated

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My landlord wants to evict us once he gets the title deed. Should I still pay rent?

Renting RDP houses is technically illegal, but you cannot be evicted without a court order.

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How will a deceased estate be split up if one spouse dies without a will?

Under a marriage in community of property, the surviving partner will inherit their deceased spouse's share of the estate.

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How can I ensure that only I inherit my father's house and not my step-siblings?

If your parents were married in community of property, your mother had the right to leave her share of the house to her other children.

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My late father transferred the title deed to his and his girlfriend's names without my mother's knowledge. What can she do?

Because your parents were married in community of property, your mother has claim to 50% of the joint estate and might be able to overturn the transfer.

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Can a seller change their mind about the cost of the house and sell it for more than it's worth?

The seller can name their price for their property but cannot change their mind after the offer to purchase has been signed.

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My mother's employer was not paying her UIF and is now kicking us out of our home on her property.

It is illegal not to pay your domestic worker's UIF. Your mother should apply for social grants and housing.

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Can I be compensated for the money I spent on municipal services arrears of my late grandparents' house?

If you don't buy the house, your chances of recovering the money aren't very good.

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