Question posted in the General Law category relating to Western Cape
RE: Legal Assistance
We have family staying with us for almost 8 years. They live in a wendy house at the back. We've never charged them rent as they are family. Lately we've been experiencing a lot of challenges with them.
1. Do I as the owner have the right to prohibit anyone access to my property that comes to visit them?
2. Do I as the owner have the right to change the locks, that only I have a key to ensure access control to my property?
3. They've been told in June 2021 that they need to find alternative space. I've asked them again now that they need to move at the end of January. Their answer - I can't tell them to move. They have two alternatives with family.
4. Do I have the right to refuse them electricity in an attempt to get them to move?
Please assist me as to my rights as property owner in this regard.
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Re 1) no, not really, if they are visiting the wendy house because you can't deny your family (in the wendy house) the right to have visitors.
Re 2) No.
Re 3) You can tell them to move. What you need to do is to terminate their lease agreement, by giving them reasonable notice. In your situation reasonable notice might be 3 or 4 months. Otherwise, if they refuse to move, then you will need to evict them through the magistrates court.
Re 4) No.
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