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Can Landlords unilaterally charge for additional services?

02 May 2024,  Deonay Scholtz

The relationship between landlord and tenant can be a complex one fraught with dangers for a careless landlord. In this... article, we explore whether a landlord can provide additional value-added services to its tenants beyond the scope of what is outlined in the lease agreement and then unilaterally charge extra for such services or remove existing services without consequence.

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Your right of pre-emption when a group of properties is being sold

14 July 2021,  Herman du Randt

I rent a portion of a farm which forms part of a larger group of properties. In my lease agreement... I have a standard right of pre-emption. It has come to my attention that the owner wishes to sell the entire portfolio of properties as a single transaction, including the portion I am leasing. I don’t want to lose the property, but I’m not sure if my right of pre-emption still applies if the group of properties is being sold?

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Can I run an Airbnb from my sectional title unit?

16 March 2021,  Corlia van Zyl

I am an owner of a sectional title unit and would like to advertise my unit for short term rentals... on Airbnb, is this legally allowed?

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Is now the time to buy or rent?

12 October 2020,  Stacey Bartlett

I have been saving for some time now with a view to buy my own property. However, with all the... upheavals of the last year I’m wondering whether buying is still the right option and whether I should not continue renting. Any advice?

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11 September 2020,  Cleopatra Mukhari

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Can my insolvency lead to termination of my lease?

11 April 2019,  Jonathan Le Riche

I own a few commercial properties that I rent out to businesses. Recently it has come to my attention that... one of my longstanding tenants is going under financially. He has nearly two years left on his term. Can I terminate his rental agreement if he becomes insolvent?

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Can I force my tenant to trade?

11 March 2019,  Venessa Vorster

I own a small shopping complex. A key tenant, who must give six months’ notice if they don’t renew their... lease, has just given notice. I don’t have a problem with that, but with months to go before they exit they have now stopped trading. This will have a big impact on feet to the complex if they don’t trade and I’ve asked them to continue trading until they vacate the premises, but the client refuses and says he’s cutting his losses. Can I force him to trade for the remainder of the lease agreement?

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Candice Reynders on MedFM: lease agreements

14 November 2018,  Dr Candice Reynders

This October Candice Reynders, your personal commercial advisor, spoke on MedFM 104.1 about the most crucial aspects of lease agreements.

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Does my lease terminate if the landlord dies?

04 October 2018,  Cleopatra Mukhari

My father recently passed away. He had rental properties in his name and one of the tenants phoned me to... hear if he has to move out now that my father has passed away. What is the position? Has the lease come to an end?

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Can I rent out my sectional title unit as holiday accommodation?

08 March 2018,  Cleopatra Mukhari

I have a sectional title unit at the coast, which I only use a few times a year. I would... like to rent out the unit for holiday accommodation, but am unsure whether I can just do this?

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Does Ubuntu apply to contracts?

07 February 2018

My business has been renting from the same landlord for over five years without missing a payment. We lost a... big contract last year, so cashflow has been a bit tight, and caused us to be late on a rental payment. Our landlord immediately threatened that he would evict us if it happened again. Last month, unfortunately, we again slipped a payment and the landlord has now started eviction proceedings. Despite that our contract allows him to do that, I feel this is unfair as we have been a good tenant for a long time. Surely he can’t just kick us out because of two late payments.

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What happens to my right of first refusal when I renew my lease?

07 September 2017,  Corlia van Zyl

I have been renting a house for a few years, and because I would like to eventually buy the place... should the owner decide to sell, I asked that we include a right of first refusal in my favour in the lease agreement to buy the house. The lease has been renewed a few times over the years. Now the owner has decided to sell to his brother-in-law saying that my right fell away when the lease was renewed and no longer exists. Can he do this?

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