A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CONVEYANCER DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC!

Armed with comfortable shoes, water, hand sanitizer, mask and cell phone loaded with data and airtime and good dose of Barocca and tons of patience, our Conveyancer, is ready to approach the Deeds Office.

A bit of background:

Officially the Deeds Office opened on 13 May 2020, when South Africa moved to Alert Level 3.  It has been an extremely slow process - on a stop-start basis -, as the Deeds Office has had to close for decontamination several times.  With limited staff members, as per Level 3 Regulations of the Disaster Management Act, it was decided that as from 30 June 2020, Deeds Office will be operating from two offices, namely 90 Plein Street, as well as a Mowbray Office, to expedite the examination of the large backlog of Deeds.

The screening and sanitizing procedures at the Deeds Office have ensured that all conveyancers are some of the most thoroughly sanitized and screened citizens.  Only conveyancers are currently permitted in the building, which often means that Deeds Office Clerks and Candidate Attorneys are outside of the building and communicate telephonically; arranging for documents to be exchanged or delivered to the conveyancer.  There have been frustrating, but at times amusing scenes of car boots becoming sorting tables in the street outside and many law office staff standing on the street in a telephonic conversation with their offices and conveyancers in the building.

Furthermore, an additional challenge has been the severe weather.  Our Clerk has taken to tightly filing the deeds in his raincoat! as he dashes across the road to meet our Conveyancer.

The lifts in the Deeds Office are somewhat fragile and currently limiting the capacity to 2 people, so many flights of stairs are also climbed to meet the timelines. It’s all in a morning’s work – teamwork!

Where are we now?

 General questions that we are often asked are the following:

  • Is the Deeds Office open/how are they operating?
  • Turnaround times for lodgement?
  • When will my transaction register?

The Deeds Office is most definitely open!   We have been advised by the Deeds Office that the current turnaround times in the Cape Town Deeds Office are as follows:

  • 90% of deeds lodged on the 18 and 19 June 2020 were sorted to be allocated to level 1 examiners on 20 July 2020.
  • 32% of deeds lodged on the 15 June 2020 were sorted and to be allocated to senior levels (level 2 & 3) on 20 July 2020.

To understand this, you will need to know the process once the deeds have been lodged at the Deeds Office.

With regards to the examination process: 

There are 3 levels of examination in the deeds office – junior (level 1) and senior (levels 2 & 3).  Once the matter has reached level 2, it normally takes a week to “appear for registration” which is when conveyancers can hand the matter in to register the following day.

To date, roughly 12 847 (35%) of the 35 937 deeds lodged have registered which unfortunately leaves a rather large backlog to still deal with.

We often need to stay on top of rates clearance certificates (only valid for 60 days) that have expired due to the length of time for examination or addendums for an early occupation to try and accommodate purchasers that need to move into their soon-to-be-property.

We wish to assure you, that the NSV Team are continually, adapting to these changes and challenges and are endeavoring to streamline and expedite the smooth passage of each and every one of our transactions in the Deeds Office.

nsv attorneys day in life conveyancer covid 19 quote

NSRI’S WATER-SAFETY TIPS

It’s always tempting to take the plunge when temperatures soar and you’re in the holiday spirit....

Safe banking over the festive season

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), on behalf of the banking industry,...

Reflecting on the Year 2020

The year is beginning to wind down pretty quickly and most of us are trying to fit in as much as...

HOUSING PRICES SPIKE INTO DOUBLE DIGITS

  During South Africa's lockdown, the average house price went into a rapid decline, with...

LANDLORDS AND TENANTS: Know Your Rights

This year, many stressed South Africans have been forced to tighten their belts yet another...

POPIA – THE SUMMARY

PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT (Also known as POPIA) Why do we need the Protection of...

Rent Versus Salary - What South Africans can afford accommodation?

Even before the global pandemic, South Africa was in dire a dire economic situation. Acting as a...

DECEASED ESTATE PROPERTY TRANSFERS

During a person’s lifetime, he/she will accumulate assets as well as liabilities. The assets can...

THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A WILL

    Most people do not know whether their loved ones have executed a Will, where...

PROS AND CONS OF EACH TYPE OF PROPERTY OWNERSHIP

Though many might not be aware of it, there are three different forms of homeownership in South...

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE HOUSE HUNTING

With more affordable property prices and bank approval rates at historically high levels, coupled...

FAQ's When Buying or Selling a Property

Q: To whom do I pay the deposit? A: The Purchaser’s deposit can be paid either to the estate...

CERTIFICATES OF COMPLIANCE

If you are selling your property, then you are going to most certainly need a number of...

PROPERTY PRICING - WHY AND HOW TO GET IT RIGHT

When it comes to putting a property on the market,  some sellers believe listing the property...

MY TENANT WANTS TO BUY, CAN THE RENTAL AGENT CLAIM COMMISION?

With the interest rate at a low 7%, tenants are finding that it might be cheaper to purchase...

HOW MANY CONVEYANCERS DOES IT TAKE TO TRANSFER A PROPERTY?

Buying or selling a property for the first time is a milestone event in any person's life....

DIVORCE & ACCRUAL – LIVING ANNUITIES AN ASSET IN THE ESTATE

In the case of CM v EM it was held in the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa...

BUILDING VS HOME CONTENTS INSURANCE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOUR INSURANCE COVERS

It appears that many South Africans took the opportunity to do renovations at their homes, during...

HOW TO FAST TRACK THE PURCHASE OF YOUR PROPERTY

Purchasing a property is a big decision, one in which the buyer will have...

THE IMPORTANCE OF A LIVING WILL 

What is a living will? A living will is a document that lets people state their wishes...

SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN'S DAY

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Women’s Day on the 9th August in South Africa? It has...

DOES YOUR HOME OFFICE QUALIFY YOU FOR A TAX DEDUCTION?

Does your home office qualify you for a tax deduction? As the old adage goes, change is as good...

HOLD ON TO YOUR STATUS AS A HOMEOWNER

Clients in financial difficulties in these tough times can get to keep their homes, provided they...

THE PANDEMIC AND BUSINESS INTERRUPTION COVER, CAN YOU CLAIM?

  “…it must be asked whether, but for the Covid-19 outbreak, the interruption or...

THE MEDIA MAY BE CALLING IT AN "ACT OF GOD", BUT WHAT DOES THE LAW SAY ABOUT FORCE MAJEURE AND COVID-19?

When disaster strikes it is easy for the world to fall into disarray. The impact of natural...

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CONVEYANCER DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC!

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CONVEYANCER DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC! Armed with comfortable shoes,...

Electronic Signatures in Property and Other Transactions

“To sign a document means to authenticate that which stands for or is intended to represent the...

POPI COMES INTO FULL EFFECT ON 1 JULY ARE YOU READY?

Protection of Personal Information Act “POPI” Comes into full effect on 1 July 2020 Are you...

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER DURING THE REPORTING OF AN ESTATE

Questions to consider during the reporting of an estate   How do I report an estate to the...

ALL YOUR PROPERTY QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

All your property questions answered!   Experts answer your questions on property matters...

NO FFC - NO COMMISSION NOT ALWAYS THE CASE?

NO FFC – NO COMMISSION NOT ALWAYS THE CASE?   Estate agents are not entitled to earn...

LANDLORDS MUST 'GET REAL' ABOUT PROPERTY PRICE EXPECTATIONS

Article By Bonny Fourie Property 360 / 7 June 2020 Property is only a sound investment if you...

BUYER'S MARKET LIKELY TO LAST

Article courtesy of Property 360:  25 May 2020 No rush if you want to buy – market will go...

4 SMART THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO SAVE MONEY DURING SA’S DEEP COVID-19 RECESSION

South Africa was headed for a recession way before Covid-19 turned everything upside down. As a...

PROPERTY SELLERS – PREPARE FOR SPLUMA

Many factors can delay your property transfer, and all of them are likely to cost you.  A...

WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS WHEN IT COMES TO FORCED COVID-19 TESTING?

As the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading across the globe, Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize has...

How to make a will and get it witnessed

Locked down during the pandemic: How to make a will and get it witnessed The last few weeks have...

IS YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER?

Getting your house in order involves big things, such as having life insurance and a valid will,...

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE SIGNED ANTENUPTIAL IF YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY IS POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown that was implemented in order to contain the...

Arrested under the Disaster Management Act?

Arrested under the Disaster Management Act? You have the right to challenge it! Admission of...

The risks of dying without a will (Albeit not a valid one)!

Although we are in lockdown and may be working for home, many of us have a bit more time on our...

DO TENANTS STILL HAVE TO PAY RENT DURING LOCKDOWN?

 Following please find answers to the pertinent questions regarding the payment of rent...

TIPS FOR INVESTING IN PROPERTY FOR RETIREMENT

Have you ever wondered if real estate is a sound investment? Well, it certainly can be! There are...

FAQ’S FOR DIVORCES

HOW LONG DOES THE DIVORCE PROCESS TAKE? A divorce action can be finalised within one month or it...

NEW RULES FOR WHO GETS THE KIDS THIS WEEKEND

Who gets the kids this weekend? Following please find new regulations around the movement of...

WESTERN CAPE RENTAL CONSIDERATIONS

In recent times the Western Cape has become the area to stay in. With the spectacular sea view or...

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR BEFORE BUYING A PROPERTY

You’ve searched far and wide for the perfect home for you and your family, and you’ve finally...

CONTACT OUR PAARL OFFICE

Email: paarl@ngolaw.co.za
Tel: +27 (0)21-870-1185
Address:
 138 Main Road, Paarl, WC 7646

CONTACT OUR TYGERVALLEY OFFICE

Email: info@ngolaw.co.za
Tel: +27 (0)21 914 4481
Address: 
5 Ground Floor, Bateleur Office Park, Pasita Road, Tygervalley