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 On Friday last week; I received an email which read:

 “If I have bought a defective, or a previously accident damaged, vehicle; what are my consumer rights and how do I enforce them?”

 This is simply a question but the answer to it; not so simple.

Firstly, you have certain common law rights eg not to be sold a defective “merx” (Item).

However, you also have legislation which protects you In the form of the Consumer Protection Act No 68 of 2008 (CPA)

Your remedies in terms of that Act are set out in Chapter 3.

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Commercial and Residential Lease Agreements: Cancellations:

We currently find ourselves in really tough and challenging economic and financial times in South Africa.

This situation will continue for the foreseeable future and one has to box clever.

Business owners and entrepreneurs in retail leased spaces are finding it more and more difficult to meet their financial obligations and to service their overheads.

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Let me comment in general terms. You cannot just cancel a lease agreement.

The Termination of Commercial and Residential Lease Agreements:

A summary:

The termination or cancellation of a commercial lease agreement/s is always a legal conundrum.

One of the matters that we specialise in at The Legal Advice Office is Consumer Law and one of the two topics that we concentrate on is lease agreement cancellations and early terminations.

We deal with both residential leases and commercial lease cancellations.

We get many enquiries from tenants who are under considerable financial pressure in these tough economic times who seek our advice and assistance regarding their leases.

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Defective Motor Vehicles:  The choices of a repair, replacement or a refund.

The Consumer Protection Act No 68 of 2008 (CPA).

One of the matters that we, at The Legal Advice Office, specialise in is the topic of defective motor vehicles.

We get many queries at The Legal Advice Office each week from people you want our help regarding the purchase of defective or damaged motor vehicles.

This last week we got a rather cryptic inquiry:

“ I have read in one of your blogs of some time back that if I were to buy a defective motor vehicle, or “ a lemon” as you referred to it as; that I have the choice of a repair, a replacement or a refund at the dealer’s expense. Is this true; and if it is; when and how do I go about doing so; as I have definitely bought “a lemon” from a dealership in Boksburg?”

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It is irrelevant whether a product failure or defect was latent (hidden) or patent (visible), before taking delivery of the item.

If you’ve bought a defective product, it is comforting to know that, in terms of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), you as the consumer, are not without remedy. But to investigate your options, you must understand what the CPA provides for and what your legal rights are.

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