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Hangberg eviction judgment expected today

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Tags: #Landlord Tenant Law #Litigation #Property Law
Judgment in the matter between Hangberg residents and the City of Cape Town over the eviction and demolition of a family home in the area is expected today, says a Cape Argus report.

City told to halt evictions or face legal action

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 06 July 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Landlord Tenant Law #Litigation
The Legal Resource Centre (LRC) has given the City of Cape Town until today (6 July) to halt all evictions in the metro or it will approach the courts for relief. The LRC has been instructed by the Human Rights Commission, the Housing Assembly and Bulelani Qolani – the man who was removed from his shack naked – to challenge the city's eviction policy, as well as its alleged human rights violations, notes a News24 report.

Mashaba's police raids ruled unconstitutional

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Landlord Tenant Law #Litigation #Property Law
A full bench of the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) has declared a section of the SA Police Services Act used to allow police raids against residents of so-called ‘hijacked’ buildings constitutionally invalid.

Government warned of looming evictions crisis

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 25 June 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Landlord Tenant Law #Litigation #Property Law
With what is described as a wave of evictions under way due to the extended Covid-19 lockdown, Reyno de Beer, founder of the Liberty Fighters Network (LFN), which last month defeated government in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) over its lockdown regulations, is quoted by Moneyweb as saying: ‘One of our primary concerns when we brought the case … was the potential for a humanitarian crisis of homelessness as a result of people being evicted due to the lockdown.

Alleged building 'hijackers' demand R3m to leave

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 22 June 2020
Tags: #Landlord Tenant Law #Litigation
Two foreigners who have allegedly ‘hijacked’ a commercial building that was turned into a residential block of flats on Umgeni Road, Durban, are demanding R3m from the owner of the building to move out.

Call for eviction ban to be extended

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 05 June 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Landlord Tenant Law #Litigation #Property Law
Forty social justice organisations have written to government to reinstate the blanket ban on evictions. According to an EWN report, when lockdown level five regulations were implemented, the Justice Minister stated that all evictions and execution of attachment orders would be suspended.

Dis-Chem digs in for rents battle

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 08 May 2020
Tags: #Landlord Tenant Law #Litigation #Property Law
Pharmaceutical retailer Dis-Chem is facing a potential lawsuit that may force it to pay rent in full or lose its leases, says a Business Day report.

The consequences of impossibility of performance

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 08 May 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Landlord Tenant Law #Litigation
With the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, phrases such as vis major, force majeure, and supervening impossibility have become the new ‘legal catchphrases’, says Baker McKenzie Johannesburg’s JJ van der Walt and John Bell.

Judge overturns interim order favouring state

An interdict granted three years ago ordering a Port Shepstone businessman to remove a prominent billboard, claiming the government ‘hijacked’ his property in a ‘land grab’, has been set aside.

Courts braced for jurisprudential nightmare

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Tags: #Banking & Finance Law #Landlord Tenant Law #Litigation
How the banks will deal with the inevitable wave of defaults they will be faced with as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown, is addressed in a detailed report on the Moneyweb site.

Dis-Chem rent stand blow for malls

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 14 April 2020
Tags: #Landlord Tenant Law #Litigation
Dis-Chem, in a move the Sunday Times says is expected to cause ructions in the already distressed commercial property sector, has embarked on a rental go-slow, according to shopping centre owners – even though it continues to trade as an essential service during the lockdown.

Johannesburg and Pirates Club in lease wrangle

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 04 September 2019
Tags: #Landlord Tenant Law #Litigation #Property Law
Pirates Club, one of the three oldest sports clubs in the country, is facing an uncertain future over a legal dispute with the City of Johannesburg.

Sodwana Bay racist evicted from guest house

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 02 September 2019
Tags: #Landlord Tenant Law #Litigation #Property Law
The racist owner of the Sodwana Bay guest house and his partner have been given 20 days to vacate the property after breaching the lease agreement.

Hanekom pours cold water on Airbnb concerns

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has asked Airbnb to ensure its booking system can limit the number of nights landlords make their homes available on the short-term rental platform. According to a Sunday Times report, Hanekom’s spokesperson, Blessing Manale, confirmed Hanekom met company representatives in Pretoria last week and asked them to ‘ensure their IT systems are aligned with the national rules or thresholds, to ensure and enable compliance by hosts’.

Black woman hounded out of home by landlord

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 10 September 2018
Tags: #Civil Rights #Landlord Tenant Law #Litigation
The head of Shell's global business processing centre, Busisiwe Mashiyi, was allegedly hounded out of Hout Bay, the upmarket Cape Town suburb, only eight months after moving there in 2012 because of her racist landlord, who ‘chased her like prey’, according to an acting judge. A Sunday Times report says Mashiyi complained to the Equality Court, sitting in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court, that Keith Watkins discriminated against her from the day he realised she was black.

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