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 10 – 2016

LESSONS FROM LIFE PARTNERSHIPS AND DEATH

Schilling N.O v Gao and Another (2015/26685) [2016] 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.

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VERBAL LEASE RISKS A CHALLENGE TO TERMS OF AGREEMENT

Mason v Swanepoel (4505/2013) [2016] 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.

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