If you omitted to object, within the allowed time period, to the Municipal Property Valuation determined for the 2018/2022 General Valuation Roll, can you do anything at this late stage to have the value changed?
Yes, you can. You cannot submit a late objection but can submit a “Section 78” Query to the City of Johannesburg Rates department – 1st floor, 66 Jorissen Street, Braamfontein.
A section 78 (Municipal Property & Rates Act) Query is a request for a review of the valuation as at 1 July 2017 – the reference date used by the Municipal Valuer to determine the market value of your property for the 2018/2022 General Valuation Roll. You must provide supporting evidence as to why you believe the property was overvalued.
Section 78 Queries will be printed in a Supplementary Valuation Roll later on.
Remember that the valuation is used to calculate both your Rates & Refuse charges for the next 4 years when a new valuation roll is issued.
Who is liable for water losses due to leaking pipes/taps?
In terms of the Municipal by-laws, the owner has an obligation to ensure that all leaks on the property are repaired – water is a scarce resource. The owner will be billed for all water delivered as measured by the municipal bulk meter.
You should take regular readings of your meter to check the consumption. If the usage is deemed high you can have the meter tested by Johannesburg Water – there is an upfront fee payable but this will be refunded if the test reveals that the meter is faulty – the past billing will be corrected.
Can City Power use estimated readings to bill the owner?
Yes, they can but can only do so for a limited period after which an actual reading must be taken followed by a revised account. To ensure that the consumption figures used are correct you should take your own readings which can be submitted to City Power – take a picture (dated) for record purposes.
It is recommended that a “check” meter is installed to check the correctness of the municipal bulk meter’s reading – speak to your local electrician.
If you are unhappy with the readings of the municipal bulk meter you can have it tested –
there is an upfront fee payable but this will be refunded if the test reveals that the meter is faulty – the past billing will be corrected.