Maryna holds the BA, LLB, LLM degrees and is a Director at the Cape Town branch of STBB. She is an admitted Attorney, Notary Public, Conveyancer and Insolvency Practitioner with many years of experience in the fields of property law, conveyancing and the laws relating to corporate compliance (especially in respect of the FICA and POPIA laws). Up until 2018 she was also head of the firm’s national marketing portfolio. She is a seasoned public speaker and presenter, both in person and online. She prepares text for the majority of STBB’s internal and external publications and is editor and co-writer for two pivotal publications in the South African real estate industry – the ABC of Conveyancing (JUTA) and Delport’s South African Property Law and Practice (JUTA).

Thought of the Week | Gas certificate of conformity

Less commonly known than the trendy gas fireplaces, hobs and gas geysers to which it relates, is the so-called Certificate of Conformity. This certificate, sometimes also referred to as a ‘gas compliance certificate’, is a legal requirement for all permanent liquid gas installations in a home. It must be issued by an approved inspection authority and serves to confirm that the gas installation meets the applicable safety standards.

According to Regulations issued under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, an authorised person shall issue such a certificate after installation, modification, or alteration of a gas installation or where there is a change of user or ownership. Therefore, when a property is sold, a new certificate must be obtained, regardless of how old or recent the existing one may be.

A seller is responsible for obtaining this certificate, although the parties can agree to make it the purchaser’s responsibility.

For information or assistance in this regard, contact us at STBB

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