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The pitfalls of non-registered agents
South Africa - PropertyWheel
With the summer holiday season approaching, areas along the coastal region will experience an influx of non-registered agents offering deals that are too good to be true on managing clients’ holiday rental properties.The trouble with this is that these clients will have little to no legal recourse against these agents if they turn out to be con artists.

Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa says his office has received several reports from the coast about non-registered estate agents who have conned their clients out of money over the peak seasons.

“These agents claim to offer holiday letting services and then disappear with the tenant’s deposit. Others fail to qualify the tenants beforehand, and the landlords are left with costly damages to the property as a result.”

PropTech Today: ‘Don't blame us, we are not the problem - you are’
UK - EstateAgentToday
I had a wry smile when I read the article on Monday from the conveyancers complaining about people getting off their backs. It was quite fun. The comments were also interesting. There is a serious disconnect between both sides and it is not going to resolve itself. Each side is blaming each other.

I am sorry to say that this issue is not going to go away anytime soon, quite simply because no one is managing expectations.

• Conveyancers need time to do what they have always done.
• Estate agents don’t have time, and perhaps don’t have the visibility to rest their impatience and frustration at the process taking so long.

12 Ways digital signatures can aid business working remotely
South Africa - Tech4Law
While South Africa has moved to lower levels of its COVID-19 lockdown, the risk of renewed waves or surges of the pandemic over the next few months means that many businesses have chosen to maintain their virtual and remote working practices. And for those that have already returned to the workplace, non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing still need to be observed in order to protect employees and clients.

Against the backdrop of COVID-19, any business that has adopted remote working has had to quickly embrace available technology for a range of business needs. Among these are digital signature platforms that electronically reproduce handwritten signatures and attach them to digital documents, helping to overcome many of the difficulties associated with getting business documents signed on time during this crisis. While many governments and businesses worldwide have been using this technology since the early 2000s to finalise agreements between parties or to authenticate documents, COVID-19 has certainly accelerated the need for safe, secure, legal and modern alternatives to the traditional method of signing documents with paper and pen.

George Findlay, LexisNexis Account Manager and Corporate Software Specialist, has been running free webinars to inform businesses of all sizes how these high-tech platforms can support their new virtual working reality. Here, he outlines some of the main advantages that electronic signatures can offer to businesses:

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