This week's frustrations just won't end!
I just want to say: I HATE the attorneys handling my property transfer and I LOATHE University of Johannesburg.
The former are driving me mental about the rates and taxes. Some of you may remember that the losers told me to trek into town for nothing twice last year (I vented about it here and here).
Well, the slimeballs-from-another-planet-masquerading-as-conveyancers contacted me again this week to tell me to do the same thing again (try to open a rates account). I said no, I've already done that and it didn't work - apparently (according to the municipality and the estate agent), the rates account will be automatically opened in my name, but may take a few months.
Then the wench I've been dealing with has the nerve to argue the point with me and say that she's never heard of that before. She's sure I need to go in, open an account and pay a deposit. She says I must phone City of Joburg and ask them again, implying that I am making this all up and just trying to stall on paying the deposit.
So instead of sending her the first email I typed out, telling her exactly where she could get off, I called City of Joburg. After 10 minutes of listening to their awful adverts and the "let's-try-kill-you-off-before-an-operator-becomes-available" music, I get through to someone who tells me exactly the same thing - there's nothing I can do except wait for the rates account to be opened in my name.
I then type another (more civil) email to afore-mentioned wench:
I have called (011) 375-5555. I was told that the rates account will be opened automatically, but can take six or seven months until the previous owners’ account has been finalized. I explained that I have opened the Eskom and Johannesburg Water sewage account and asked if there is anything else that I can do. Apparently not.
I then searched the City of Joburg website and found this document, called “Buying and selling property”:
Here is an extract from the section entitled “Opening an account”:
“Rates accounts will automatically be created in your name, as the new property owner, as soon as transfer is registered at the Deeds Office.”
This is taken from a further document, “Accounts”:
“Rates accounts will automatically be created in your name, as the new property owner, as soon as transfer is registered at the Deeds Office. It may take up to 10 weeks to receive and update new owner records.”
Vat so, poppie!*
This week has not been good for my blood pressure.
In other news, TSC has to write another entrance test at UJ this morning, coz they're not sure what's going on. Joy. As if the first one wasn't stressful enough!
Anyone feel like donating some Valium? Or a trip to anywhere but here?
*Loose translation from Afrikaans: "take that, Barbie!"