The Consumer Protection Act No 68 of 2008 (CPA) and the Common Law: Cancellation of Lease Agreements:

 

Prior to the Consumer Protection Act, No 68 0f 2008 (CPA) which came into effect at midnight on the 31st March 2011; the law of contract and the common law covered the issue of when and how a tenant went about cancelling a lease agreement.

That has all now changed since the commencement date of the CPA; and tenants and landlords need to be aware of the statutory provisions of the Act; which now cover the early termination and cancellation of lease agreements. Continue reading

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What do you do if you purchase a defective motor vehicle from a new or second hand vehicle?

 

Because of the number of queries we receive on literally a daily basis from our clients we are once again going to look at what to do in the situation where you have bought a “lemon” from a motor vehicle dealer.

One of the most important decisions a consumer makes during their lifetime from time to time in his or her life is the purchase of a motor vehicle. Continue reading

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The Consumer Protection Act: No 68 of 2008: (CPA): Motor Vehicles and Consumer Rights:

 

The purchase of defective or previously accident damaged motor vehicles seems to be a hot topic at the moment.

Why this would be the situation we are not sure; but in some ways is not surprising. Continue reading

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The Common Law and the Consumer Protection Act: No 68 of 2008 (CPA): Refunds:

 

At The Legal Advice Office we often get asked about refunds due to consumers in terms of either the common law or in terms of the CPA.

As a result of yet another two enquiries today regarding firstly, the recent purchase of motor vehicle which was previously involved in a collision (which fact was not disclosed to our client) and secondly, with regard to a vehicle that was bought last month and which quite clearly has numerous material defects which have now become apparent to the purchaser since the date of sale; we thought that we need to explain this issue of when you are entitled to a refund one again today. Continue reading

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Business Licences: Starting a Business; A few pointers:

 

We often get enquiries about whether it is necessary to register your business, if you are starting one; and what does this cost?

The short answer is that you do not need to register your business with the National Government, Provincial Government or even with the Municipality. Continue reading

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Buying or Selling a Business: Ground Rules:

As a result of a number of queries in this regard we intend today to go over the above topic again.

Although not really a part of our core business; we often get inquiries about either buying or selling a business; and often give legal and financial advice on this aspect of Commercial Law. Continue reading

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The Consumer Protection Act No 68 of 2008: (CPA): Warranty Protection: Second Hand Cars:

 

The Consumer Protection Act No 68 of 2008 (CPA) came into operation at midnight on the 31st March 2011; and has been the law since that date.

It changed Consumer Law irrevocably and the entire intention of the Act is to protect Consumers against unfair business practices which had become rife. Continue reading

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The Consumer Protection Act: No 68 of 2008 (CPA): Section 55: Consumer’s rights to safe, good quality goods:

 

The Consumer Protection Act, No 68 of 2008; (CPA); which, as mentioned in our last blog, came into effect at midnight on the 31st March 2011 has changed consumer law in the RSA irrevocably.

There are a number of innovative consumer protection mechanisms in the CPA which are revolutionary in nature. Continue reading

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The Consumer Protection Act No 68 of 2008 (CPA): How it protects buyers of Motor Vehicles and other Major Purchase Consumer Items.

 

The Consumer Protection Act (CPA), No 68 of 2008, came into operation at midnight on the 31st March 2011.

It is an extraordinary piece of legislation protecting consumers from all sorts of previously bad business practices.

We, at The Legal Advice Office, get a lot of enquiries from clients and consumers who feel that they have been ripped off especially when it comes to the poor quality of motor vehicles that they have purchased. Continue reading

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Buying Residential Property: Tips:

We have this week looked at the CPA; but today we will look at something completely different and will share with you some tips on the buying of residential property.

Your house is your home and probably your biggest ever investment. It helps to study in detail all aspects of the purchase of a house before making the investment.

There are, in my view, as a previously practicing Conveyancer, 6 simple factors that should always be checked out by anyone looking to buy a residential property. Continue reading

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