City pushes on with plans for eviction of Salt River Market traders
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1w ago
Reprinted from iol.co.za, by Zolani Sinxo – 2024-05-12 Cape Town – The City of Cape Town is continuing with its plans to evict historic Salt River Market traders who, for decades, have used the venue to not only sell their goods but also to share cultural experiences with customers and residents. The City recently filed an urgent court application to evict the last remaining tenants who refuse to leave the market. The once popular market, which was filled with colour, now tells the tale of its decline, with only about four stalls left. The dispute comes after the City told the traders that ..read more
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A brazen case of a hijacked building
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2w ago
Students protected as illegal “landlord” evicted Eviction is never pleasant, regardless of just cause. It usually means someone losing their home, even if their occupation of that home is technically unlawful. People who erect shacks on land that is not their own can be forgiven…or at least understood…when they genuinely have nowhere else to go. But sometimes an eviction is not only justified but entirely deserved. A recent case that came before the Gauteng High Court reveals just how brazen a building hijacker can be. The case is astonishing for the sheer audacity of the respondent. Fortunate ..read more
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Misrepresentation in commercial contracts (including your lease)
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by Eviction Lawyers South Africa
1M ago
What to do if you’ve been led up the garden path Before any contract is signed, there are usually discussions about the arrangement or agreement being made between two parties. The purpose of the contract is to capture the details and formalise them, so everyone understands their responsibilities and expectations. Signing the contract is often seen as a formality, especially if the negotiations have been amicable and the two parties seem to have a good rapport. For that reason, it may not be scrutinised as carefully as it should be. What happens if you have an understanding about the condition ..read more
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Echoes of District Six evictions in case before the Constitutional Court
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2M ago
Reprinted from GroundUp, by Masego Mafata – 2024-02-28 Judges question City of Cape Town about eviction of Bromwell Street tenants The City of Cape Town appeared before the Constitutional Court on Tuesday in a case concerning the eviction of tenants from Bromwell Street, Woodstock. Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga asked the City whether the planned eviction resembled the forced removals from District Six during apartheid. Ndifuna Ukwazi, on behalf of the Bromwell Street tenants, has argued that the City’s exclusion of emergency accommodation in its housing plans for the inner-city is unconstitution ..read more
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High Court grants City of Cape Town final eviction order
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3M ago
Reprinted from News24, by Marvin Charles – 2024-02-15 The Western Cape High Court has granted a final eviction order in the City of Cape Town’s application to remove homeless people living around Culemborg in the Cape Town CBD. These areas are in the vicinity of the Nelson Mandela Boulevard intersection with Hertzog Boulevard, Old Marine Drive, and Christiaan Barnard Bridge. The order includes a standing interdict against any further unlawful occupation of these areas and other City-owned public spaces identified in the order. In February last year, the court granted the City an interim order ..read more
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Hundreds evicted from buildings in Cape Town city centre
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4M ago
Reprinted from CapeTownetc.com, by Qaqamba Falithenjwa of GroundUp – 2024-01-28 Piles of suitcases, mattresses and items of furniture were strewn across the narrow Commercial Street in Cape Town on Wednesday and Thursday. Hundreds of people, most of whom are foreign nationals, were evicted from three buildings in the city centre. The area outside 42 and 44 Commercial Street was in chaos on Wednesday as dozens of South African Police Service (SAPS) officers and immigration officials cordoned off the street where the occupiers remained with their belongings. The occupied buildings are in close p ..read more
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How to evict non-paying tenants
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by Eviction Lawyers South Africa
4M ago
Evicting a non-paying tenant is a legal matter that should be handled to avoid incurring losses. This is how an eviction can be done. Reprinted from citizen.co.za, by Kayla Ferguson – 2024-01-23 While it can be a lengthy process to evict tenants who fail to pay their rent, there are procedures in place to make sure that both the tenants’ and the landlords’ rights are protected. Following the necessary steps is key to a hassle-free eviction process. Legal provisions Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa explains that both the tenant and the landlord mu ..read more
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Court showdown over Cape Flats evictions
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7M ago
“We are not here because we want to be here. We are here because we need homes.” Reprinted from GroundUp, by Mary-Anne Gontsana – 2023-10-16 People living in about 110 informal structures and Wendy houses at Cathkin Village informal settlement in Heideveld are facing eviction. They first moved onto the land earmarked for the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) in May 2018 due to the lack of affordable housing options in the community. Their fate will be determined on 24 October when their eviction case is heard in court. Hundreds of people living on land earmarked for the Western Cape E ..read more
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‘I want to take my last breath in this house’ says Cape farm dweller facing eviction
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7M ago
Reprinted from capetownetc.com, by Liezl Human of GroundUp – 2023-10-03 Two families on a farm in Vredendal on the West Coast are being evicted from the homes they have occupied for several generations. Several other tenants also living on Welverdiend Farm have been told to relocate to RDP houses in Vredendal North. The residents, most of whom have lived on the farm all their life, do not want to move to a township which they say is dangerous and has frequent incidents of crime. They also don’t want to leave the farm because the graves of their parents, siblings, children and other relatives a ..read more
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Illegal eviction practices – understanding and combating them
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by Eviction Lawyers South Africa
7M ago
Know your rights as a tenant Feeling at the mercy of commercial landlords while searching for rental properties? You’re not alone. Especially in the fiercely competitive rental markets like the Western Cape, landlords may take undue advantage. However, as a tenant, you must remember that the law offers considerable protection. Knowing your rights and the responsibilities of the landlords can safeguard you from illegal eviction practices. Tenants have rights, and landlords have responsibilities (though they also have rights, and tenants also have responsibilities). Of course, ultimately the par ..read more
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