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Joburg property: check your valuation!

21 Feb 2013

The Johannesburg property valuation roll is now open for public inspection and objections can be submitted between 20 February to 3 May 2013.

Property owners can check their valuation by visiting the Joburg City's website or any of the inspection locations and must be sure to submit objections within the required time period.

The roll consists of 812 769 properties which have a total value of R912 billion and properties are valued at a market rate to ensure fairness, says the City.

Property owners can check their valuation by visiting the Joburg City's website or any of the inspection locations and must be sure to submit objections within the required time period.

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Finance, Geoffrey Makhubo, said the City would not entertain late objections as property owners would have been given 73 days to submit these.

There are ten centres where homeowners can inspect the General Valuation Roll 2013 and submit objections, should they do not agree with the new valuation. These are as follows:

- Valuation Services, Metropolitan Centre, Level B Block Street, 158 Civic Boulevard; Braamfontein;  
- Lenasia Civic Centre, Corner Rose and Elands streets, Lenasia Extension 1;
- No 300 15th Road, Randjespark, Midrand;
- Randburg Civic Centre, Corner Braam Fischer Street Jan Smuts Avenue, Randburg;
- Roodepoort Civic Centre, 100 Christian de Wet Road, Florida Park, Roodepoort;
- Sandton Library, Nelson Mandela Square, off West Street;
- Ennerdale Civic Centre, Corner Katz Street and Louw Road, Ennerdale Extension 3;
- Jabulani Civic Centre, 1 Koma Road, Soweto;
- Thuso House Service Centre, 61 Jorissen Street, Braamfontein; and
- South Hills, 9 Geneva Road.

The last valuation roll was implemented from July 1 2008 and by law the city is required to review its general valuation roll every four years. However, the MEC for Local Government granted the City of Johannesburg a 12-month extension, which is why the general valuation roll will be implemented on 1 July 2013.

Municipal Valuer, Piet Eloff, said the Municipal Property Rates Act (MPRA) prescribed an objection period of a minimum of 30 days, but the City has extended and given property owners more time and opportunity to view to roll and submit objections.

Regarding how valuations were conducted, he said as this was a mass valuation process, the Municipal Valuer used a computer-aided mass appraisal system to determine the values of all properties. This, he said, was based on statistical analysis and geographical information systems that required reliable and accurate data.

How to object to your valuation

Homeowners may object to the market value of their property determined as of 2 July 2012 as well as to the stated category of the property. Objections can also be submitted if the property description or owner names are incorrect.

The objection forms are available on the website or at the ten centres where valuation staff will be available to assist. The completed objection forms must be returned by hand to any of the centres listed.

Property owners should take along their Section 49 notice, which is available on the website, when submitting their objection, as this will speed up the process.

Once the objection is lodged, it will be referred back to the valuer to review and property owners will be informed of the outcome in writing.

If still unhappy with their valuation, they will be able to lodge an appeal against the valuation and this appeal will be heard by the Valuation Appeal Board, a tribunal appointed by Provincial Government.

The City says details of how to appeal will be provided with the outcome of the objection. 

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