SOD & Lockdown 2020

new tenants

Guidelines for Agents, Landlords & Tenants with respect to Moving, Ingoing & Outgoing Inspections during Lockdown level 4

In line with my goal of providing rental agencies and agents with practical information, guidelines and resources, I have prepared three sets of guidelines to assist my clients, their agents and their landlord and tenant clients to ensure that inspections are carried out in as safe a manner as possible and that tenants and landlords understand their responsibilities in this regard.

What does Level 4 of Lockdown mean for the Real Estate Sector? – Marlon Shevelew

Property owners, tenants, and estate agents have been prevented from going about their normal day to day operations. The lockdown regulations promulgated in terms of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 have prevented people from relocating, and conducting ongoing and outgoing inspections. According to the Draft Framework, commercial real estate services will be allowed …

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Month end

Rentals in Lockdown #5 (Mar/Apr 2020) | Rentals Month-End – Lockdown Style

Step #1: Reminder I think that , given the mostly unusual circumstances we find ourselves in, a gentle reminder to tenants would be only fair – including (even if it’s a repeat) an explanation of why you are obliged to still follow your usual arrear management procedure and carry out the required actions. It’s important …

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Cancellation of Lease

Rentals in Lockdown #6 (Mar/Apr 2020) | Early Lease Cancellation – Lockdown Style

You can listen to the audio version here: Section 14 of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) permits Tenant/s in a Fixed Term Lease to cancel their lease at ANY time during the fixed term period by simply giving the Landlord 20 business days notice of early termination. Of course, when reading the above in relation …

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Rentals in Lockdown #7 (Mar/Apr 2020) | Rent Arrears & Deferment / Repayment Agreements

In a previous post I set out my thoughts on the best way to deal with the Mar / Apr 2020 month-end under Lockdown. Here’s the post if you haven’t read it yet: Rentals in Lockdown #5 (Mar/Apr 2020) | Rentals Month-End – Lockdown Style In Step #5 of that post I spoke about negotiating …

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refunding deposit

Rentals in Lockdown #4 (Mar/Apr 2020) | Can You or Can’t You Use the Deposit During the Term of the Lease Agreement, with the agreement of both parties?

I think it’s common knowledge that the Rental Housing Act, requires that the tenant/s deposit be invested in an interest bearing account in terms of the RHA. To be specific, in subsection 5(3) the RHA states as follows: (c) the landlord may require a tenant, before moving into the dwelling, to pay a deposit which, …

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Rentals in Lockdown #1 (Mar/Apr 2020) | Setting Up Your Communication Channels for Landlords and Tenants – as well as future Landlord Clients

We’re in VERY uncertain times and uncharted territory, with more questions than answers & high stress levels – this is to be expected. One thing we need to remember in times like this is that, “This time too shall pass” and the only approach that will see us all coming out the other side sane …

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