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Change in deeds office for Eastern Cape properties

By Bardine Hall (BA LLB) - Nov 2, 2017
Change in deeds office for Eastern Cape properties

The Cape Town Deeds Office currently has jurisdiction over a large number of properties falling within registration divisions in the Eastern Cape, which previously formed part of the former Cape Province.

Included in these areas are all properties falling in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, the Kouga Municipality and outlying areas such as Graaff Reinet, MacClear and Middelburg.

To date, property transfers in these areas were registered in the Cape Town Deeds Office.

From 4 December 2017, the King William’s Town Deeds Office will have jurisdiction over the above registration divisions.

All property transactions and transfers of properties in these areas must be registered in the King William’s Town Deed Office from that date and the Cape Town Deeds office will no longer register property transactions and transfers of properties in these areas.

The Registrars of both of the above deeds offices have advised that the last date for lodgment in the Cape Town Deeds Office of transactions relating to these properties will be 15 November 2017.

The Registrars have further advised that all registrations of Eastern Cape properties will be expedited in the Cape Town Deeds Office. The last day for registrations of Eastern Cape properties in the Cape Town Deeds Office will be 30 November 2017.

All title deeds and bonds for properties in the Eastern Cape filed in the Deeds Registry in Cape Town will be moved to King William’s Town.

Where a title deed contains two or more properties falling within the areas of both Deeds Registries, certified copies of the title deed or a certificate of registered title will have to be applied for in order to deal with each property in the Deeds Office that will now have jurisdiction over it. 

In the case where a bond is registered over properties that are registered in both the Cape Town and King William’s Town Deeds Offices and the bond must be cancelled, it will have to be cancelled in both deeds offices.

At Goldberg & de Villiers Inc, the Directors in our Property Law Department, namely Adri Ludorf, Tracey Watson-Gill and Nicolas Mitchell, assisted by Bardine Hall and a team of highly-qualified paralegals, will gladly assist you with any of your Property Law-related needs.

Call us on 041 501 9800 or visit online at www.goldbergdevilliers.co.za