According to new legislation all municipalities will have to be compliant with the SPLUMA (Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act) by October 2020. This means that as a property owner who is looking to sell their property you should have the following prior to starting the selling process.
- An affidavit signed by the seller and filed at the municipality with an application wherein the owner states that the relevant plans pertaining to the property are in order, accurate and have been filed with the local municipality.
- All rates and taxes and any other funds pertaining to the property must be paid up to date.
- Building plans for all buildings (including the swimming pool and lapa) need to be approved and submitted. Should these plans not be compliant, the seller will need to appoint an architect or draughtsman to prepare the plans for lodgement with the municipality.
- The use of the property needs to be in accordance with municipal zoning.
- There should be no encroachments over the building lines and property boundaries