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4 EASY WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

The COVID-19 pandemic has awakened the world to how quickly we can change our behaviours when confronted with a crisis that threatens our very existence. If society can change our ways as quickly as we have in response to this pandemic, then we can hopefully avoid the threat of a global warming apocalypse. If you’re wanting to do your bit to help combat global warming and climate change, below are...

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ECO-FRIENDLY FEATURES THAT INCREASE HOME VALUE …and those that don’t

Investing in eco-friendly enhancements for your home is not only a way to protect the environment, but it can also help you save on monthly energy costs and increase the value of your home. Energy-efficient features can really set your home apart when it comes time to sell, but certain green features tend to add more value than others.  To help you make the change for a greener tomorrow, below ar...

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HOW LANDLORDS CAN REDUCE TAX ON RENTAL INCOME

We all know that owning a rental property is more than just finding the perfect tenant. If you own a rental property portfolio that provides an income, you’d know that it’s much like owning a business. This means that there are tax implications and dues that need to be paid to the South Africa Revenue Service (SARS). While all taxable income must reflect on your return, there are ways to reduce th...

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WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL RENT?

In most instances, buyers want to avoid having to pay occupational rent and wait for the home to be registered in their name before they move in. Similarly, sellers want to be out by the time the transfer goes through. Sadly, life doesn’t always go according to plan. It is important to have an understanding of what occupational rent is so that you’re prepared for whatever delay life throws your wa...

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SHOULD YOU RENT OR BUY?

The state of the current property market paired against the record-low interest rates make buying a home more affordable than renting these days. As appealing as it is to purchase right now, the answer to whether you should rent or buy a home depends entirely upon your unique situation. There are advantages and disadvantages to both options. To help you decide what’s best for you, we’ve outline...

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WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR RENTAL DEPOSIT?

Most landlords request a deposit from their tenants before they move into the property. According to Section 5 of the Rental Housing Act, No. 50 of 1999, a landlord is legally entitled to request a deposit from their tenants. How much should you expect to pay? The amount that the tenant will be required to pay as a deposit is stipulated in the lease agreement. Conventionally the rental deposit...

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