A “plot cleaning deposit” is included in the rates clearance figure issued to the transferring attorney, should the land not be clear upon inspection by the fire department. The amount of the deposit is calculated as a fixed standard fee plus an additional rate, calculated in accordance with the size of the property.
The following two options are available:
- The seller can arrange cleaning of the property after receipt of the figures, after which arrangements must be made for the fire department to do an inspection. If the fire department is satisfied, amended rates clearance figures (excluding a plot cleaning deposit) may be requested; or
- The seller pays the rates clearance figures, including the plot cleaning deposit and the rates clearance certificate is issued. After the Municipality received notification of transfer of the property, and the seller’s application for his refund, the fire department has to do an inspection. If they are satisfied that the property was cleared, the plot cleaning deposit will be refunded to the seller. If the property was not cleared by the seller at his expense, the plot cleaning deposit will be retained by council.
The “plot cleaning deposit” is calculated as follows: Standard Fee of R1 243.29) plus the following rates per square metre:
Hermanus (Voëlklip, Eastcliff, Hermanus Heights, Westcliff, Northcliff, Mount Pleasant, Zwelihle, Sandbaai, Onrustrivier, Vermont, Hawston, Fisherhaven) R2,60
Gansbaai (De Kelders, Perlemoenbaai, Blompark, Masakhane, Birkenhead, Van Dyksbaai, Franskraalstrand, Pearly Beach) R2,80
Kleinmond (Rooi Els, Pringlebaai, Betty’s Baai, Overhills) R2,90
The Fire Department inspection fee amounts to a further R214