Maryna holds the BA, LLB, LLM degrees and is a Director at the Cape Town offices of STBB. She is an admitted Attorney, Notary Public and Conveyancer with many years of experience in the field of property law and conveyancing. She is also the firm's Marketing Director and attends to external publications for the firm as well as conducts ongoing training for estate agent and bankers training and is a regular seminar presenter for attorneys and property practitioners.

Property Law Update | Issue 04 – 2019

BUILDING OBJECTIONABLE, UNSIGHTLY OR DISFIGURING OF AREA? APPLY LEGITIMATE EXPECTATION TEST

Trustees of the Simcha Trust v Da Cruz and Others; City of Cape Town v Da Cruz and Others (CCT125/18; CCT128/18) [2019] ZACC 8 (19 February 2019)

This Constitutional Court judgment provides clear guidelines as to the proper import and interpretation of section 7(1) of the Building Standards Act which finds application when a local authority is asked to approve building plans. The Court confirmed that the ‘legitimate expectation’ test must be applied by the decision-makers, who must, amongst other things, objectively determine whether the proposed building will probably, or in fact, be so disfiguring of the area, objectionable or unsightly that it would exceed the legitimate expectations of a hypothetical owner of a neighbouring property. The judgment illustrates the practical application hereof.

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The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment

IS AN ARBITRATION CLAUSE IN AN (ALLEGED) VOID AGREEMENT ENFORCEABLE?

Seabeach Property Investment No 28 v Nunn (18310/18) [2019] ZAWCHC 9 (22 February 2019)

If you conclude a contract for the sale of a property and include an arbitration clause to deal with disputes, will that clause still stand if the validity of the sale agreement is disputed because of a material misunderstanding relating to the nature of exclusive use areas that were included in the sale? This question was addressed in the judgment under discussion. Ultimately, the answer depends on the intention of the parties when they contracted, as it appears from the wording used in the agreement.

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The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment