SAPOA is concerned over the lack of feedback from the City of Johannesburg on the latest General Valuation (GV) Process. In correspondence to the City Manager, SAPOA has highlighted the legal position on three key factors affecting the valuation roll:
- Ratepayers are not liable to pay disputed rates pending the outcome of objections or appeals.
- The City is not entitled to cut off services such as electricity if ratepayers fail to pay that portion of their rates which they are disputing, nor may it threaten to do so.
- The City is not entitled to claim interest on any shortfall on rates payable by ratepayers on finalisation of objections or appeals.
Should the City transgress the MPRA, SAPOA intends approaching the courts. Johannesburg property owners have until today (Friday 6 April) at 15:00 to object their property valuations and can supply comments on until 22 April 2018. The new values and tariffs will be introduced from 1 July 2018.