1. Purchased a property with a 3 phase m...

Asked by Anonymous on 29-06-2021 14:07:55
Question posted in the Property Law category relating to Western Cape

1.  Purchased a property with a 3 phase meter, and received the Rates Clearance Certificate.

2.  Went to purchase electricity, but was told that there is an amount of R5000 outstanding, which pertains to the previous owner.

3.  Have been advised that I, as the new owner need to settle this amount in order to reconnect the electricity again.

4.  Surely the previous owner is liable for this outstanding amount?

5.  Am I able to install another prepaid meter in my name, and start from scratch.

Thank you.

Answer to the Question

Posted by Att. Patrick on 30-06-2021 11:17:53

Hi there,

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The previous owner is liable for the payment of that amount. The rates clearance certificate is different to electricity!

My advice is to pay the R5k, get the electricity moved into your name, and go on. Then, claim the R5k from the previous owner.

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