DELAYED MUNICIPAL UTILITY BILLS
Argent Industrial Investment (Pty) Ltd v Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (17808/2016)  ZAGPJHC 14 (13 February 2017)
This judgment is an important acknowledgement of property owners’ rights when faced with large and delayed municipal utility bills. Here the owner received and paid water bills based on an estimated reading over a period of about 5.5 years. When thereafter the municipality took an actual reading, it became apparent that the actual consumption and the estimate differed and the owner was billed for an additional R1,1 million. Did the charges older than three years prescribe, or was the municipality correct in arguing that prescription only commenced running when the owner was billed?
STBB’S STSMA REFERENCE GUIDE
In this, the fourteenth set of notes for your STSMA Reference Guide, section 15 of the Act is discussed.
Section 15 of the Act – Recovery from owners of unsatisfied judgment against bodies corporate and non-liability of bodies corporate for debts and obligations of developers
(N.B. Print in landscape)