Question posted in the Landlord Tenant Law category relating to Eastern Cape
We purchased a property through a cc and when we moved out, we signed a lease agreement with our tenants, we didn't realize at the time that a new law had come into effect and the cc became dormant as we hadn't submitted annual returns.
Our tenants have defaulted in rental payments since January this year and we initiated legal proceedings to have them evicted only to find out that the cc is dormant. Our lawyer has retracted all notices pending the process to reinstate the cc.
What rights do we have in the interim against these tenants who are not planning on moving out. In the meantime they continue to utilise utilities and not pay for them.
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Unfortunately, there is not a lot that you can do.
You need to get the CC properly registered again by paying the annual fee to CIPC, and then it will be listed as a valid CC for purposes in SA.
Then, you institute the eviction proceedings again.
In the interim, stop paying the utilities and hopefully, the municipality will disconnect the services.
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