Evictions during the coronavirus lockdown, the grey areas

Article By: Sunday World

On the 23rd March 2020 the president of South Africa declared a National 21 day lockdown as a measure to contain the rapid spread of covid-19.

A number of questions arose for landlords and tenants regarding continuing and ending lease agreements. In this article, we address the grey areas of the law by considering the unanswered questions which are causing tensions between tenants and landlords whether commercial or residential According to the Regulations issued in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (the regulations)[1] gatherings are prohibited, this has the effect that tenants who are employees and those who are employers cannot go to work or run businesses during the lock-down period unless if they provide services falling within the meaning of essential services as described in the regulations. Click here to read more…