Are building plans important when you sell?

Ask your house sales agent how the SPLUMA Act affects you?  SPLUMA comes into play in October 2020.  SPLUMA or (Spatial Planning and Land Use Management) Act will affect you if you decide to sell your property later this year and you don’t have approved and accurate building plans. In short, the National Deeds Office will require a SPLUMA certificate from the local municipality in which a property is located before any property transfer can be concluded.

Also, leading real estate brands have commented on the impact and effects of the SPLUMA Act in the past, and include commentary from other major real estate firms about the real impact of SPLUMA when you sell a property, especially a freestanding home.

What do you need to do to obtain a SPLUMA Certificate?

If you are planning to sell your property this year, then work closely with a good house sales agent to help you navigate these new requirements.  In the meantime, here are some pointers to consider:

  • An affidavit signed by you, the Seller, and filed at your local municipality. This affidavit should state that your building plans are in order.  Also, it should state that your plans are accurate and that they are filed with your local municipality.
  • All your rates and taxes and any other funds that are outstanding for the property are paid in full.
  • Your building plans including swimming pools, lapa’s, and carports need to be submitted to your local municipality and these plans must be approved. If you have made alterations to your property and you have not had the plans updated you will need to appoint an architect or draughtsperson to prepare your plans for lodgement to your local municipality.
  • There should be no encroachments over building lines and property boundaries.  This applies to swimming pools, lapa’s, and carports that are often erected without proper plans.

Ask your house sales agent for assistance

Ask your house sales agent to assist you, but start the process early.  If you know that you are going to sell this year or you already have your property on the market, make sure you have accurate building plans.  Apply for your SPLUMA certificate, right after your property has been listed.  Remember that this potentially time-consuming process could take as much as 3 months to conclude.  With only 8 months remaining until October, the costs have not been finalised yet.

What’s the aim behind the SPLUMA Act?

  • Establish uniformity and compliance with land use and control.
  • The SPLUMA Act largely also ensures that properties comply with current building regulations.

Who does SPLUMA benefit?

It is clear that the benefits of the SPLUMA Act err on the side of a Buyer. It is still not clear how easy it will be to obtain a SPLUMA certificate.  It’s also not clear what this will cost.  Applying for your certificate will delay the sale of your home, especially if physical inspections are required. But a prominent house sales agent will help you get going with these new requirements in good time.

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