LESSONS FROM LIFE PARTNERSHIPS AND DEATH
Schilling N.O v Gao and Another (2015/26685)  ZAGPJHC 19 (14 February 2016)
A legal entitlement to stay in property owned by another, does not arise without more. The present matter deals with a scenario where two partners concluded a life partnership agreement but failed to address maintenance and support issues upon death. The court addressed the dispute that arose after the property owner passed away and his executor sought to evict the deceased’s life partner in order to wind-up the estate in terms of the deceased’s will.
VERBAL LEASE RISKS A CHALLENGE TO TERMS OF AGREEMENT
Mason v Swanepoel (4505/2013)  ZAFSHC 28 (19 February 2016)
Liability for protracted renovations effected to a property can put a landlord in a tight spot if held liable for the costs thereof. This is exactly the claim disputed in this ruling, where the tenant argued that the verbal agreement with the landlord included a provision that the latter would repay the costs upon termination of the agreement.