The applicant sought an order evicting the respondent from two shops let in terms of two contracts of lease. It claimed this relief on the basis of the respondent having installed a geyser in one of the shops which, said the applicant, was a breach of clause 8 of the leases in that alterations or additions could not be effected without the lessor’s prior written consent. It was held that the term ‘alterations or additions’ had to be interpreted restrictively to mean permanent alterations or additions that are not functionally related to the purpose for which the premises were let. It was also contended that the manner in which the geyser was installed breached clauses that prohibited use of the premises that contravened ‘any laws, by-laws, regulations, town planning scheme or condition of title relating to or affecting the premises’ and clauses that provided that the respondent ‘shall not use any apparatus … on the premises which may in any way vitiate the landlord’s fire insurance policy in respect of the premises’. It was held that the breaches of these terms were not sufficiently serious to justify cancellation. The application was dismissed with costs.