Bernice completed her LLB and LLM degrees at the University of Stellenbosch and was admitted as an attorney and conveyancer in the Western Cape High Court. She joined STBB as an associate in 2014 and is based at the Blouberg branch. Bernice specialises in property transfers and property-related law and is also very active in the expansion of STBB's footprint in the West Coast and Swartland areas.

Thought of the Week | Restrictive property conditions

Whether as the buyer or seller of a property, one is seldom aware of the conditions contained in that property’s registered Title Deed. Generally this is because prospective purchasers never see the relevant Title Deed, as for example, where a property is bonded, the original Title Deed is retained by the mortgage bank.

As a result, purchasers are often disappointed when they wish to improve, alter or renovate their properties, only to find that because of the Title Deed restrictions and conditions, they are not in a position to do so, or that they can only do so after lengthy further applications.

In order to avoid such frustration, we suggest that, prior to presenting an Offer to Purchase to the prospective seller, you contact your STBB conveyancer who will be able to obtain a copy of the Title Deed from the Deeds Office, and advise you on any restrictive conditions which may affect your future plans.

For more information, contact your STBB conveyancer on www.stbb.co.za