Question posted in the Landlord Tenant Law category relating to Western Cape
Good day. What are the legal rules with tennant and landlord due to covid 19. My parents were unable to pay the full rent the past 4 months and made a verbal agreement with the landlord which was agreen to pay what they can. She had also taken the deposit as a pmt. But now my parents are being threatened by lawyers to pay the outstanding balance owed as well as the deposit else they will be taking their furniture until paid up. Can they do this? My parrents have their own electrical business but the only income they had for the past 3 months was the little bit from uif of which they paid some towards rent.
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The landlord can sue the tenant, the landlord can get a judgment against the tenant, and the landlord can instruct the sheriff to attach & remove furniture in terms of a warrant of execution that is issued as a result of the judgment.
But, the landlord can't evict the tenant during lockdown.
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