BUYING IN CAPE TOWN?

An article on the website of Sothebys Realty advises Cape Town residents to be aware of municipal planning by-laws when buying a house.

The article advises that “The by-laws become even more complex in areas where there are overlay zonings, like declared heritage protection areas, scenic drives or certain historic special controls. Examples of suburbs that fall within these categories are Llandudno, Constantia, Clifton, Strand, Gordon’s Bay, Harfield Village, St James, Boyes Drive and parts of the CBD.”

They further advise “Always be absolutely sure that you are armed with all the information regarding the property you wish to purchase,” “Work closely with your realtor and your attorney to find out what, if any, restrictions there are on a property from the get-go, so you understand exactly what you can and can’t do before you sign on the dotted line. And if your conveyancer advises it, rather spend a bit of money ahead of time consulting a town planner or architect than risk losing a bundle down the line.””

http://www.sothebysrealty.co.za/news/buying-in-cape-town-beware-new-municipal-planning-by-laws/

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