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Woodstock residents facing eviction turn to court

Residents appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court as they want the court to determine if the eviction is to take place and when it would be enforced.

Albert Road (in Woodstock) residents in the Cape Town magistrates Court on 28 June 2017 to oppose an eviction order. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A group of Woodstock residents facing eviction have turned to court. Fifty Albert Road residents were served with eviction notices in March and April this year. They failed to pay rent.

Residents say a verbal agreement had been reached with the landlord following a fire in 2014 that damaged their properties. The owner apparently said they should use their rent money to pay for the damages to be repaired.

Residents appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Thursday. They want the court to determine if the eviction is to take place and when it would be enforced.

Their lawyer, Mark Owen, has requested a postponement as he’s awaiting reports from the municipality.

“The municipality report would be looking at assessing the availability of alternative accommodation. If such alternative accommodation is available, when is it be available?”

Resident Ivan Marcus says he understands they have to leave, but they need help from the City of Cape Town.

“We like to stay here in Woodstock where we work, where we go to school, where we go to hospital, where we spend all our lives.”