Did You Inherit The Home You’re Living In?
If you are living in a house that belonged to your parents, the house may not be registered in your name. If your house is not registered in your name at the Deeds Office, you are not the owner of your house. This means that the law does not recognise a person as the owner of a house, unless they are the registered owner in terms of the Deeds Registries Act. If you live in a house and you are not the owner, it can cause you many problems. For example: you will not be able to sell the house unless you are the registered owner; and if something should happen to you, your children will have difficulty finalising transfer of the house onto their names.
The only way to deal with this problem is to lawfully transfer the house in terms of the Deeds Registries Act from your parents to yourself. When the registered owner of a house dies, their property forms part of what is called a deceased estate. The house must be transferred out of the deceased estate to the children of the deceased. The transfer of the property out of the deceased estate can only be done by a Conveyancer who is an attorney that specialises in property transfers.
Siyatec can assist you with getting transfer of the property to your name. Contact us if you require assistance, or even if you just want to check if your house is actually registered in your name.
Author: Wafiq Davids (B SocSci, LL.B.)
Attorney, Notary, Conveyancer and Legal Consultant at Siyatec Executors