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Cancellation of residential lease agreements and the consumer protection act by Waseem Hussain

In the unsettled current economic circumstances, tenants are often unable to continue with fixed-term residential lease agreements, resulting in early cancellation of the lease. Tenants who are “consumers” in terms of the Consumer Protection Act (“the CPA”) are entitled to early cancellation of a fixed-term lease.  Section 14(2)(b) of the CPA provides that if a …

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Lockdown And Leases: Do Restrictions Reduce Rental? by Zorada Temmingh & Waseem Goolam Hussain

President Cyril Ramaphosa (“the President”) on 23 March 2020 announced a nationwide lockdown (“the lockdown”) to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Everyone, excluding essential service providers, as defined, is subject to the lockdown, from midnight on Thursday, 26 March 2020 to midnight on Thursday, 16 April 2020 (“the lockdown period”). The Minister of …

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Changes coming for landlords and tenants: Rental housing amendment act by Cleo Cupido

The Rental Housing Amendment Act 35 of 2014 (“the Amendment Act”) will bring about important changes to the relationship between Landlords and Tenants, once it comes into effect. This Amendment Act is not in force yet (the Rental Housing Act 50 of 1999 is still in force), but the President has assented to (on 5 …

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