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 32 – 2016

NEIGHBOUR’S BUILDING PLANS CAUSE LOSS OF VIEW: WHEN IS THIS OBJECTIONABLE?

Gerstle and Others v City of Cape Town and Others (A484/2015) [2016] ZAWCHC 102
(15 August 2016)

The loss of a view over Table Bay resulting from a neighbour’s building plans will always be contentious. Legislation dealing with building plan approval and relevant case law however provide clear guidelines how plan approval should proceed, as this case illustrates.

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The Judgment
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HOME MAINTENANCE: SOMETIMES THE LAW OBLIGES YOU TO DO IT!

Muller v Lawrence (15279/2015) [2016] ZAGPPHC 744 (24 August 2016)

You know your home well and avoid those spots where a broken stair rail or tile can cause you to fall. But remember that our law requires you to maintain your premises so that others do not injure themselves. If you foresee that harm can come to someone, you must do something about it. This judgment illustrates what is required when a visitor claims for injuries based on the negligence of the home owner.

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The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment