Maryna holds the BA, LLB, LLM degrees and is a Director at the Cape Town branch of STBB. She is an admitted Attorney, Notary Public, Conveyancer and Insolvency Practitioner with many years of experience in the fields of property law, conveyancing and the laws relating to corporate compliance (especially in respect of the FICA and POPIA laws). Up until 2018 she was also head of the firm’s national marketing portfolio. She is a seasoned public speaker and presenter, both in person and online. She prepares text for the majority of STBB’s internal and external publications and is editor and co-writer for two pivotal publications in the South African real estate industry – the ABC of Conveyancing (JUTA) and Delport’s South African Property Law and Practice (JUTA).

Property Law Update | Issue 38 – 2016

HOA BLACKMAILS FOR GOOD FAITH NEGOTIATIONS

Damons NO and Others v Euphoria Home Owners Association NPC and Others (3972/2016) [2016] ZALMPPHC 8 (22 September 2016)

The judgment tells a bizarre story in which an HOA refuses to give clearance certificates required for transfer unless the purchaser of several erven in the development negotiates with it regarding future developments and entitlements. There was no agreement between the parties containing a clause requiring the other to negotiate; but could it be argued that in terms of the Constitution or values of Ubuntu, the purchaser could be forced to do so?

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The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment

 

NOISE AND NEIGHBOURS

Kranspoort Eienaars Komitee v D J and Another (41310/2015) [2016] ZAGPPHC 887 (23 September 2016)

“It is to be deprecated that a high court is burdened with such a dispute … and it is equally deplorable that the parties cannot themselves resolve an issue of this nature.” So commenced the Court’s deliberation of a dispute between neighbours regarding a barking Chihuahua. The Court found a midway to balance the interests of all parties, teaching a lesson that it is necessary for owners and owner organisations to maintain reason when addressing neighbour law rights and obligations.

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The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment

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