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 | Offering alternative housing in hard cases not necessarily enough to get the eviction order

Grobler v Phillips and Others (446/2020) [2021] ZASCA 100 (14 July 2021)

The judgment highlights many aspects that commonly arise in eviction orders. Specifically of interest here was the court’s finding that although the owner offered alternative secure housing to the occupier, who was 84 years old and had lived on the property since she was 11, an eviction order would not be just and equitable in these circumstances, even though she was an unlawful occupier (as this term is defined in the PIE Act). Also of interest was the role played by consideration of the fact that the land once was agricultural land, but that the rights that the occupier would have had under the Extension of Security of Tenure Act (ESTA), no longer applied as the land had before 1997 become urban land.

The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment

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