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If the Municipality miscalculates the amount owing on property rates, is the previous owner liable for payment?

There is some uncertainty surrounding this, but it is possible that you will have to pay.

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My late grandfather had children with two women who he didn't marry. Do they have claim to his house?

The mothers don't but the children do have claim to the house.

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Can my landlord change the price I agreed to buy the house for?

If it was a verbal agreement, there is nothing stopping him from changing the price.

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Can a wife inherit an RDP house if she was not listed as a beneficiary?

It depends whether or not the deceased left a will

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Can the bank demand twice the monthly repayment of a loan on an over-insured house?

The in duplum rule limits all interest and other payments on debt to double the amount of the original debt.

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My aunt wants to transfer my late grandmother's house to her child. How can we keep the house as a family house?

If your grandmother died without a will, her estate should be divided equally between her children.

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I changed my mind about selling my house and now I am being sued. What can I do?

Legally, the seller can cancel the sales agreement only if a cancellation clause was included in the sales agreement.

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Can I get an RDP house even though my late grandfather received one?

Unless you inherited his house, it shouldn't disqualify you from owning your own RDP house.

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My uncle took everything when my dad died because my parents were in a customary marriage. Is that right?

It was until 2004 when the laws changed to allow women in customary marriages to inherit.

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What can I do about my landlord trying to force us to move out?

It is illegal for your landlord to turn off the electricity and lock you out.

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