The role of con­veyanc­ing at­tor­neys in the regis­tra­tion of a bond

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

CON­VEYANC­ING at­tor­neys play a vi­tal role in the regis­tra­tion of ev­ery prop­erty trans­fer or bond, but their role is of­ten mis­un­der­stood and le­gal fees are of­ten a hid­den cost that may come as a sur­prise to first-time buy­ers.

The ser­vice pro­vided by the at­tor­ney in­cludes draft­ing the docu- ments nec­es­sary for the trans­ac­tion to be reg­is­tered in the deeds of­fice, ob­tain­ing rates clear­ance cer­tifi­cates from the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity and en­sur­ing that any nec­es­sary tax has been paid to SARS, says Heather Briggs of Shep­stone & Wylie At­tor­neys.

The con­veyancer will ap­pear be­fore the Reg­is­trar of Deeds on be­half of the par­ties con­cerned, ob­tain the con­sent of any third par­ties that may be re­quired in terms of the ti­tle deed or the sale agree­ment and, if there is a mort­gage bond, will en­sure that all the bank’s re­quire­ments have been sat­is­fied.

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