New lease on life for seaside cottages

2015-05-05 06:00
Fish Hoek cottage owner Sheila Dunn (left) signs her new lease, as witnessed by Peter Kempster, chairperson of the Seaside Homeowners’ Association.


Fish Hoek cottage owner Sheila Dunn (left) signs her new lease, as witnessed by Peter Kempster, chairperson of the Seaside Homeowners’ Association. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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Residents living in the Fish Hoek cottages have started to sign their new leases.

According to a report by ward councillor Dave D’Alton 27 leases were in the process of being signed last week and the rest of the leases are being prepared.

This follows a motion by D’Alton to the South Peninsula subcouncil in March, asking for finality on the matter.

The cottages were built during the 1980s on land owned by the Fish Hoek municipality. While the properties are privately owned, residents pay a rental fee to the municipality.

The leases expired in January last year with the option to be extended for another 15 years.

D’Alton explains nothing has happened since, despite a resolution in August last year to renew. Until now.

Peter Kempster, chairperson of the Seaside Homeowner’s Association (SHOA), says after many years of frustration, SHOA’s attempts to get the City to renew the leases and lift the sales and purchases embargo imposed in 2004 have been successful, with the help of D’Alton.

He says the issue has caused many problems and distress over the years.

“For example, currently there have been 21 outstanding deceased estates out of a total of 81 cottages, which have not been ­finally settled.

“This can now be solved with the aid of the new lease renewals. Many owners will now be able to sell if they so choose and buyers will have access to attractive family holiday accommodation.”

He confirms the 27 lease renewal documents are in SHOA’s possession and are undergoing signature formalities.

“The second batch of 54 lease renewal documents are scheduled to be available to us by latest end August. If this target is met, the opportunity is there for us to complete the whole project to the satisfaction of all owners by the end of this year. For many cottage owners, this would be a dream come true. We shall all be eternally grateful that this debacle finally passes on into history,” he concludes

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