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The 2023 General Valuation Roll (GVR) for the City of Johannesburg and Cape Town is now open for public inspection and objection. Property owners have till the end of March 2023 in the City of Johannesburg and until the end of April 2023 in the City of Cape Town to inspect the roll and lodge an objection if they are unhappy with the valuation of their property.
Property owners who did not receive a notice informing them can visit the Municipalities' websites for more information.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to inspect and ensure the information that appears regarding their property is correct. If the owner is unhappy with the valuation of the property, the legislation makes ample provision for any person to object to an entry in the General Valuation Roll.
You may object to any information incorrectly displayed on the valuation roll if you can support the objection with a reason and the necessary evidence. The objection will then be considered by a Municipal Valuer. If the Municipality finds the objection valid, it will revalue and/or re-categorise the property. If the outcome is unsatisfactory an appeal may be lodged.
The objection will be considered if it takes place in the prescribed manner and within the prescribed objection period - an objection form must be filled in and submitted to the Municipality before the due date, as no late objections will be accepted.
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If no objection is lodged, your municipal monthly rates and taxes will be calculated on the new valuation assigned to your property.
Frequently asked questions regarding a General Valuation Roll (GVR)
11. What is a GVR?
A General Valuation Roll (GVR) is a legal document consisting of information on all rateable properties within the jurisdiction of the Municipality, in terms of the Local Government Municipal Property Rates Act, 2004 (Act 6 of 2004).
22. What is the purpose of a GVR?
The GVR assigns a value to all properties in a Municipality to generate rates on an equitable basis.
33. When can I inspect the new roll?
A notice will be sent to all property owners who had their property valued, to inform them when the roll is open for inspection and objections. If you haven’t received a notice yet, please phone your local Municipality or visit their website. The property owner is responsible for inspecting the roll and ensuring the information regarding your property is correct.
44. What do I do if I disagree with the valuation of my property?
The legislation makes ample provision for any person to object to an entry in a GVR, provided that such objection takes place in the prescribed manner and within the prescribed objection period.
If you, as an owner are unhappy with the valuation of your property, you must fill in an objection form and submit it to the Municipality before the due date, as no late objections will be accepted.
Property owners are to take note that they will have limited time to object to the valuation of their property once the roll is published. If no objection is lodged, your municipal monthly rates and taxes will be calculated on the new valuation assigned to your property.
55. What can’t I object?
The legislation allows you to object to any entry or omission from the GVR but not the roll in totality. A property owner also can’t object to the rates that they are paying or are due to pay.
66. Do I need a lawyer to represent me on the Appeal Board?
The Appeal Board is not a court of law, and you don’t need to bring a lawyer unless you wish to do so. You may also bring any other expert to assist you during your appeal hearing.
77. How long will an objection take to be resolved?
The number of objections received will influence the processing period. The Municipal Valuer will review the objections taking into consideration the information that was provided on the objection form. The outcome of the Municipal Valuer’s decision will be mailed to Objectors in phases as per completion. It is therefore important to substantiate your objection to avoid delay.