Something Wicked This Way Comes – Beware “Tax Refund” Emails

Be very cautious indeed if you receive an email using the SARS name or logo.  Even if it looks 100% genuine, it may well come from a criminal trying to entice you into parting with personal information, such as your bank account details.  Don’t be fooled by the fact that the mails may appear to come from a SARS email address and in particular beware of  links in such mails to false forms and false websites which look authentic, but certainly aren’t. (more…)
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The Profits and Perils of Property Partnerships

“Communio est mater rixarum” (Co-ownership is the mother of disputes) Buying property with the right partners can be extremely profitable all round, but – no matter how well you know and how much you trust each other – be sure to have in place upfront a full partnership agreement.  If (and it happens in even the strongest partnerships) disagreements arise and spiral out of control to the extent of ending up in court, there will be no real winners.  You will all at best be in for delay, cost and acrimony – and at least one of you will be…
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Shoppers: a New Ombud rides to your rescue!

The appliance you bought at your local store doesn’t work when you get it home, so – -- You take it back and demand a refund. -- The store refuses and insists on repairing or replacing it instead. -- You know enough about your rights in terms of the Consumer Protection Act to insist that you get to choose between a refund, replacement or repair – it’s not the store’s choice. -- But still the store refuses to refund you, so you complain to the NCC – the National Consumer Commission. (more…)
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Who will rid me of this leaking roof?

“If the roof doesn’t leak, the architect hasn’t been creative enough” (Frank Lloyd Wright) Witticisms by modernist architects aside, can you sue the seller when the roof of your new dream house starts leaking shortly after purchase? Roof leaks by their very nature often result from “latent” defects, a latent defect being one that “would not have been visible or discoverable upon inspection by the ordinary purchaser”.  And in all likelihood your sale agreement contains a standard voetstoots clause in terms of which the property was sold “as is”, with the seller contracting out of all liability for latent defects.…
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