The President of the Republic has effect...

Asked by Mohammed on 23-03-2020 23:14:10
Question posted in the Landlord Tenant Law category relating to KwaZulu-Natal

The President of the Republic has effectively placed South Africa on quarantine and as such the disaster management act has been enforced; summarily no persons are allowed to leave their homes unnecessarily. I am self employed and my income comes from myself and my travels which I cannot perform as I have to be in obeyance with the rule of law of the land. Since I cannot work, I do not have means of generating an income and as such I cannot honor my rental agreement for my flat. My question is am I legally still obligated to make rental payments despite not having the means to honor my lease agreement which had made no mention of natural disaster remedies etc. 

Please reply urgently. As I need to know by legal standing in this regard. As if I'm to honor my rental agreement then I cannot remain in quarantine. 

Answer to the Question

Posted by Att. Patrick on 27-03-2020 09:08:31

Hi there,

I see that you haven't made a payment for the question, but I'm going to assist you a little. If you want to ask a follow-up question, please make the required payment.

Yes, unfortunately you are still liable for the rental for your flat. 

You should however speak to your landlord about giving you a rental holiday while the COVID-19 virus has us on lockdown. 

You NEED to remain in quarantine if you are not an essential service.

Att. Patrick

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