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Court orders City of Cape Town to leave Obs occupiers alone

Shack dwellers and homeless people who have erected a tent in Observatory, Cape Town, have obtained an urgent interim interdict that prevents the City from evicting them. The tent, home now to dozens of people, has been erected on the lawn in front of a vacated old age home, Arcadia House, owned by Cape Peninsula Organisation for the Aged (CPOA)...

21 May 2020

Beyond the guidelines: Why a good relationship between tenant and landlord is key

What happens if a tenant is unable to pay their rent? What if they can pay but choose not to in the interests of "fairness" - because why should only non-essential businesses get a payment holiday?

By Bradley Jackson 14 May 2020

Land reform beneficiaries, use lockdown to put your CPA in order

The outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and the implementation of the nationwide lockdown may have deferred the land reform programme...

By Nazreen Sekao Pandor and Peter Setou 8 May 2020

Interpretation and impossibility: What you really mean(t to achieve)

In a recent Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment, the SCA decided on whether the label attached to, and the terminology used in, a contract determined its nature and, if so, what the consequence would be in the context of impossibility of performance...

By JJ van der Walt with John Bell 7 May 2020

Big standoff between retailers and landlords looms

Shopping centres and large retail outlets are bleeding. With most having to keep their doors closed during the lockdown period, revenue has slowed to a trickle...

By Kagiso Mahlangu 7 May 2020

Covid-19: Evictions during and after lockdown

Many businesses are currently struggling financially during the Covid-19 lockdown which has created difficulties for businesses, among other things, to pay rent...

By Galia Bloch 30 Apr 2020

Covid-19 and its impact on loans and real estate arrangements

In the wake of the spread of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the real estate and loan markets in Kenya are bound to be affected...

By Loice Erambo 29 Apr 2020

Effect of Covid-19 on property sale agreements

In light of the impact Covid-19 has had on jobs and the economy, many individuals and companies are concerned about whether they will be in a position to fulfil their obligations in terms of contracts of sale they may have entered into or intended concluding...

By Shaaheda Hoosein 28 Apr 2020

Property Industry Group updates relief guidelines

The Property Industry Group, in response to the extended lockdown, has now announced updated retail tenant assistance and relief guidelines...

28 Apr 2020

Ripple effects of supervening impossibility on commercial lease agreements

During this challenging time of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) and national lockdown, it is appropriate when considering commercial lease agreements to also consider...

By Darryl Furman and Jayde Vaughan 22 Apr 2020

Tribunal slams province and city over River Club developments

The appeal against Heritage Western Cape's two-year provisional protection of the River Club site in Observatory, where a mega-development is planned, has been dismissed...

By Steve Kretzmann 20 Apr 2020

What happens to property transactions during lockdown?

As companies and individuals come to terms with what lockdown means, many are getting over the initial shock and starting to wonder what happens to their property transactions...

By Kagiso Mahlangu 9 Apr 2020

Coronavirus and hotel lockdowns: Who foots the bill when hotels are placed under quarantine?

For hotel owners and operators already facing nosedives in revenue, the corresponding guest costs, whether over a daily, weekly or monthly basis, can be significant. So who's picking up the tab resulting from these quarantines, and what can hotel owners and operators do...

By Jonathan Lynch 9 Apr 2020

Jogging or walking a dog in a complex

There have been mixed messages about whether residents in a sectional title scheme can jog or walk their dogs within a complex during the current lockdown...

By Hopewell Sathekge 6 Apr 2020

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