Dramatic Confrontation Between Thami Ndlala and Landlord Over Property Dispute
A dramatic confrontation unfolded between Thami Ndlala, owner of 12 on Hillel Hotel and Spa and Lerato Kganyago’s husband, and his landlord Feizal Logart, owner of Urban Mountain. The dispute arose when Ndlala refused to vacate his rented property at 14 on Hillel in Northcliff, Johannesburg.
Adding to the drama, Urban Mountain accused Ndlala and his company of illegally constructing a guard house boundary wall without obtaining the necessary approvals from the City of Johannesburg Municipality.
To make matters worse, the boundary wall collapsed just weeks after completion, drawing the attention of the metro’s Department of Planning and Building Development management. They issued a contravention notice, stating that the renovations and constructions were illegal as no building plans were submitted and approved by the municipality.
All these details are contained in a court application filed by Logart and his company at the South Gauteng High Court on November 25, 2021, seeking an order to eject Ndlala’s company from the property. The property, 14 on Hillel, is located next to Ndlala’s Hotel and Spa.
The court papers reveal that the application was prompted by Ndlala’s failure to pay the monthly rent as agreed upon in the lease agreement signed between the two parties on September 1, 2021. According to the court documents, Logart took legal action after Ndlala failed to settle rental arrears amounting to R486,000.
Previously, it was reported that Ndlala had taken his landlord to court, demanding reimbursement of R1.3 million spent on renovating the rented property after being served with eviction papers. However, it has now come to light that the battle for control and occupation of the property began just three months after the lease agreement was signed.
In his court application, Logart states that Ndlala and his company failed to pay rent for several months since taking occupation of the property. Despite an agreement for a monthly rental of R28,000, Ndlala only paid the first month’s rent and the deposit. He did not make any subsequent rental payments or pay for utilities such as electricity and water, which were outlined in the lease agreement.
In response, Ndlala admitted to failing to pay rent but cited the financial strain caused by the extensive improvements made to the property, amounting to over R1.3 million. He claimed that the lack of invoices for utilities prevented him from making payments to the landlord.
Additionally, the court papers reveal that Ndlala filed an application to liquidate Logart’s company, alleging non-payment of debts to creditors. This move seemed to mirror Logart’s earlier demand to liquidate Ndlala’s company due to failure to pay rent for more than three months. The court documents also indicate that Logart had canceled the lease agreement after discovering the unauthorized construction at the property.