As a direct result of the ongoing global pandemic, there has been a significant increase in non-paying tenants. When this happens, a landlord may want to consider evicting the tenant.

When is a landlord entitled to evict a tenant?

An eviction is the procedure whereby the landlord legally forces the tenant to vacate the premises. Apart from the non-payment of rental, the landlord would also be entitled to evict the tenant in the following instances:

  • When the lease has come to an end without it being extended and the tenant refuses to vacate;
  • If the tenant damages the premises; and
  • If the tenant uses the premises to conduct illegal activities.

What is the eviction procedure?

Before the landlord can proceed with the eviction proceedings they have to give the tenant written notice informing him/her of the cancellation, in which notice a date is given for the tenant to vacate the premises. Should the tenant fail to vacate the landlord is entitled to proceed with a formal eviction application, as follows:

Residential property:

By means of an application to Court in terms of the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Property Act, 19 of 1998 (“PIE”).

Commercial property:

By means of a normal application, or summons, asking that the tenant be evicted.

Rural / Farmland:

By means of an application to Court in terms of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act 62 of 1997 (“ESTA”).

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