Residential Rentals RoundUp #4 | A Summary of the Latest Information on Residential Property Rentals During Lockdown

Here’s a summary of Rentals/COVID-19 related information that I believe is useful, informative and will hopefully assist you and save you from having to wade through all the ‘clutter’.

TPN CreditBureau – COVID-19 Update on Business Days

There were two fundamentally important updates that occurred in the first week of national lockdown.

The National Credit Act: all business days are extended until after the lockdown ends. Currently, this date is set as the 16th of April but this may be extended further.

South African Post Office: this is an essential service and Post Office branches will remain open for SASSA grants payments – all mail sorting centres will be closed and there will be no mail movement during this time.

IMPORTANT: The 20 business days to remedy a breach in terms of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) have not (yet) been extended by the Consumer Tribunal.

TPN CreditBureau – COVID-19 Update on Business Days (30 Mar, 2020)

FREE Online Training: FICA: What Every Residential Property Rental Professional Needs to Know – in just 30 minutes!

In this FREE online video course we cover what every Residential Property Rental Professional should know about FICA in 30 minutes.

In addition to the video training, additional resources and links to further information are provided in the course material.

Source: ShaunLuyt.co.za

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RENT REDUCTIONS? RENT HOLIDAYS?

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Posted by Shaun Luyt – Independent Business Consultant – Residential Property Rentals on Monday, 30 March 2020

URGENT NOTICE TO ALL COMMUNITY SCHEME OCCUPIERS – MEASURES DURING LOCKDOWN. (EDITION 2. 6PM, 26 MARCH 2020) by Alan Levy

Source:

ALA Alan Levy Attorneys

Use of ST Common Property during Lockdown by Graham Paddock

1. Disaster Management Regulations confine people to their ”place of residence”. In sectional title, you own a section and a share of common property, for residential purposes. You can’t use common property so as to “interfere with use by other owners”, but you can use it for access and recreation.
2. Common property must be used without putting other families at risk, but trustees and managing agents do not have the power to tell owners they cannot use it, or can only use it for access. That is not the law. They also do not have the right to make or enforce new lockdown rules.
3. Trustees should make sensible suggestions for common property use to avoid inter-family cross-infection. It is more effort than a blanket ban, but a ban is not enforceable. Agreed use restrictions mean people can use the common property safely, and will be better able to endure lockdown.
4. The owners can make conduct rules incorporating recommendations for sensible use of common property during lockdown. Written agreement by 75% in number and value are required. Then trustees will have the legal right to enforce and impose fines, if applicable.

Source: Graham Paddock

Legal Talk on CapeTalk with Marlon Shevelew: Leases on lockdown

Source: CapeTalk (30 Mar 2020)

No Evictions During Lockdown

In light of Section 5(f) of the Directions issued in terms of the Regulations under the Disaster Management Act, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, on 26 March 2020 provided that “all evictions and execution of attachment orders … and sales in execution is suspended with immediate effect for the duration of the lockdown.”

21-day lockdown! Are evictions suspended?
In light of Section 5(f) of the Directions issued in terms of the Regulations under the Disaster Management Act, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, on 26 March 2020 provided that “all evictions and execution of attachment orders … and sales in execution is suspended with immediate effect for the duration of the lockdown.”

Zacharia Mashele and Danielle Louw from Ndifuna Ukwazi explains how tenants can protect themselves in these unprecedented times.

Source: Ndifuna Ukwazi Facebook Page (28 Mar 2020)

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