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 06 – 2017

DELAYED MUNICIPAL UTILITY BILLS

Argent Industrial Investment (Pty) Ltd v Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (17808/2016) [2017] ZAGPJHC 14 (13 February 2017)

This judgment is an important acknowledgement of property owners’ rights when faced with large and delayed municipal utility bills. Here the owner received and paid water bills based on an estimated reading over a period of about 5.5 years. When thereafter the municipality took an actual reading, it became apparent that the actual consumption and the estimate differed and the owner was billed for an additional R1,1 million. Did the charges older than three years prescribe, or was the municipality correct in arguing that prescription only commenced running when the owner was billed?

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The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment

STBB’S STSMA REFERENCE GUIDE

In this, the fourteenth set of notes for your STSMA Reference Guide, section 15 of the Act is discussed.

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Section 15 of the Act – Recovery from owners of unsatisfied judgment against bodies corporate and non-liability of bodies corporate for debts and obligations of developers
(N.B. Print in landscape)