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Tayla Beaumont's Articles

How long is a summons valid for in South Africa?

The Rules of Court no longer provide for a period until a summons will lapse. Previously, a summons would lapse after 12 months since date of issue, or having been served, the Plaintiff has not taken further steps in prosecution.

What happens if I receive a summons?

A summons is the first process for a legal claim where a Plaintiff has instituted an action against a Defendant.

Once the summons is served via Sheriff, you will have 10 days to respond with a Notice of Intention to Defend or attempt to negotiate a settlement with the Plaintiff.

Rights of Tenants and Landlords & Unfair Discrimination

In giving effect to the rights, the Rental Housing Act, 50 of 1999 (“the Act”), was implemented to recognise the importance of rental housing and balance the rights of tenants and landlords – and to protect them from unfair practices and exploitation.

POPI Act in South Africa explained by our Attorneys

The Protection of Personal Protection (POPIA) Act, 4 of 2013, has introduced recent amendments in which certain significant sections (Sections 2 to 38; 55 to 109; 111; and 114 (1), (2) and (3)) took effect from 1 July 2020.

Compliance is fully enforceable one year thereafter – 1 July 2021.

The Difference Between Sectional Title and Freehold / Full Title

Before looking at what makes these two types of ownership different, it’s important to understand the concept of ownership and property in the context of South African law.

Protected under our Constitution, no one may be arbitrarily deprived of their property. Though, property law is largely regulated and defined by common law principles which were inherited into our legal system.

Purchasing Property in a Senior Living Community

Ageing is a natural part of life and it’s something we all must come to terms with. Upon retirement, many choose to down-size their living space and opt for a more affordable and secure home.

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