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How to handle a non-paying tenant during the easing lockdown

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South Africa is seeing a ‘slow relaxation’ of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions related to the residential property market, but it’s still good news, says Michelle Dickens, managing director of TPN Credit Bureau.


13 May 2020
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How to handle a non-paying tenant during the easing lockdown

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Her comments followed the lockdown directions released on 7 May by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma allowing for limited circumstances in which tenants and homeowners can move or relocate during Level 4 lockdown. This can be done until 7 June. Regarding residential evictions, Dickens said the initial hard lockdown effectively prohibited evictions. However, in terms of Level 4 and the new disaster management regulations released on 29 April, as of 1 May, landlords could apply to court to get an eviction order. “The restriction is that the eviction order may not be executed until the end of...

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