I live in a house, but have to pay high rates for a stand
WJ SEDLMEIER WRITES: We have owned and lived in our Craighall Park home since March 1978. During the last year’s revaluation by the City of Joburg, we were categorised as a “vacant stand”. In consequence,we have been charged vacant stand rates, which are more expensive than residential rates.
When I queried this with the rates accounts section in Sandton, I was told that they could do nothing until the planning department rectified the matter. I went to the planning/valuation department in Braamfontein on October 28 last year and reported this.
To date I have had no joy in obtaining the recategorisation.
I have been to the offices many times only to be told that either the computer system is down or a new administration system is being implemented and that I should try again in three to four weeks.
I was to contact the rates accounts section, who would be informed in due course.
Effectively, it means that a year later, I am no further in my endeavours. SEDLMEIER WRITES AGAIN: I would like to inform you that the matter has finally been resolved.
A hearty thank you to you.