Land developer slapped with costs


THE High Court has slapped property developer Felix Munyaradzi’s Delatfin Civil Engineering with costs for failing to transfer ownership rights to a client who had bought a residential stand at Haydon Farm.
Stella Makaya had sued Delatfin Civil Engineering (Pvt) Ltd (Delatfin), and Zvimba Rural District Council (Zvimba) for an order to ensure that they complied with all process for registration of the residential stand.

The application was granted by High Court judge Justice Munangati-Manongwa.

“It is ordered that the first defendant shall sign all documents necessary to ensure that stand number 1187 Haydon Farm which was purchased by the plaintiff in the sum of US$23 000 is transferred and registered into her names within five days of granting of this order,” Munangati-Manongwa said.

The court heard that Delatfin was the registered developer and legal owner of the residential stand in question after obtaining a subdivision permit from Zvimba in February 2013.

Makaya then bought stand number 1187 Haydon Farm from Delatfin and signed an agreement of sale on November 9, 2017.

“It was an implied term of the agreement that the first defendant after payment of the full purchase price would facilitate acquirement of the title deed by the plaintiff through the Local Government ministry, Urban State Lands department,” read the summons.

“The plaintiff paid the purchase price in full but the first defendant has failed and neglected to sign all necessary documents to ensure that the property is transferred into plaintiff’s names.”

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