To provide guidance regarding the implementation of some resolutions taken at the Registrars Conference in 2014.
2. RCR 3/2014 (RCR4 of 1956 – Amendment of purchase price/value of property in a title deed)
The resolution withdrew RCR 4/1956 and ruled that where the purchase price/value of property is incorrectly reflected in a title deed that the provisions of section 31)v) may be applied upon application by the holder of the title deed on production of satisfactory proof.
Conference also ruled that cognisance must be taken of transfer duty and fee implications and therefore examiners will need to call for a Transfer Duty Receipt in these circumstances.
3. RCR 17/2014 (Section 681) – Partial lapsing of a condition)
Conference ruled that the provisions of section 681) of Act No. 47 of 1937 can be utilized for the noting of the partial lapsing of a personal servitude.
When an application in terms of Section 681) of Act 47 of 1937 is lodged, examiners must carefully read the application as to confirm whether the application is for the cancellation of the condition or only the partial lapsing thereof.
If the application only calls for the partial lapsing of the servitude the following procedure must be followed for the endorsing of the affected title.
On subsequent transfers only the remaining segments of the condition which has not lapsed, must be brought forward into the new deed.
4.RCR 20/2014 (Regulation 44A (d) (ii) (aa) and (bb) - General Power of Attorney)
The amendments to regulation 44A do not cover natural persons. According to CRC 4 of 2013 the amendments to regulation 44A(d)(ii) (aa) and (bb) of Act No. 47 of 1937, resulted in the responsibility of ensuring that a representative acting under the authority of a power of attorney, has been removed from the Registrar of Deeds (examiners) and has become that of the preparing conveyancer. However it has to be pointed out that regulation 44A(d)(ii) (aa) and (bb) makes no reference to a representative acting on behalf a natural person.
Conference correctly concluded that it stands to reason that the amendments to the regulations did not remove all responsibilities from the Registrar of Deeds (examiners) and that where a person is appointed by a natural person as a representative in terms of a power of attorney it is still the Registrar of Deeds (examiners) responsibility to check the power of attorney.
Pending the amendment of Regulation 44A of Act 47 of 1937 and regulation 16C of Act 95 of 1986, Examiners should with immediate effect:
5. RCR 29/2014 (Transfer of an undivided share in agriculture land)
Conference ruled that where an Owner owns a whole of a farm (being agricultural land) in shares by different titles, that he will be allowed to transfer, for example one V, share to person A and the remaining half share to person B by different Deeds of Transfer as provided for in terms of section 3 (b) of Act 70 of 1970 (see CRC 4 of 1970).
Examiners must take note that this will not be a contravention of CRC 6/2002 (para ) which prohibits the transfer of farm land, without the written consent of the Minister of Agriculture, which will result in the increase of the number of registered owners and must therefore not call for a letter from the said Minister in this regard.
6. RCR 37/2014 (Description of an owner of Certificate of Registered Sectional Title)
A question was posed to Conference on how the owner/holder should be cited in the certificate of registered sectional titles and certificates of real rights in respect of exclusive use areas and section 25 rights of extension where a registered owner (natural person) dies before he could register the opening of a sectional scheme over his property.
Conference ruled that the owner/holder must be cited as provided for in regulation 54 (2) of Act No. 47 of 1937 and that it must be registered in the name of the owner/holder, including identity number and status (deceased), e.g.
Identity number 450719 5626 086
It is important that examiners take note not only of this ruling but to take cognisance of the provisions of Section 54(2) of Act 47 of 1937.
Regulation 54(2) of Act 47 of 1937:
“A certificate of title of immovable property which is registered in the name of a person since deceased shall be issued in the name of the registered owner (deceased), and not in favour of his estate.”
7. RCR 39/2014 (Homeowners consents and certificate by architects or land surveyors as contemplated in RCR 61 of 2008)
Conference was requested to provide guidelines for the form of the certificate from a land surveyor or architect required in terms RCR 61 of 2008, and section 24(6)(d) of Act No. 95 of 1986 and the form of consent from Home Owners Association and to give guidance whether it must contain letterheads, practice numbers and attestation of the land surveyors signature by Witnesses.
Conference ruled that:
8. RCR 46/2014 (Change of information contained in Title Deeds)
Conference was requested to provide guidance on what information contained in the conditions of the deed may be changed, for example, changes to property descriptions, metrication of dimensions and areas, or changes to personal or company details, when a conveyancer prepares a deed of transfer.