BusinessTech Staff Writer, 29 June 2019.
There have been a number of rumours that the Rental Housing Amendment Act will be implemented soon, says Tobie Fourie, national rentals manager for the Chas Everitt International property group.
The ‘new’ Act – which was actually passed in 2014 – contains the most recent amendments to the Rental Housing Act of 1999, which is still in force.
“Together with the Consumer Protection Act and the common law, the act currently governs the overall relationship between tenant and landlord and sets out their statutory rights and obligations,” said Fourie.
“The new legislation elaborates on this relationship and aims to clarify certain aspects of the older Act that have given rise to many differences of interpretation.”
Fourie said that the main provisions that landlords and tenants need to be aware of include:
Fourie said landlords who fail comply with these and other requirements within six months of the new legislation coming into force could be liable to pay a fine or even face a jail sentence for non-compliance.
“They will also need to keep in mind the provisions of the Rental Housing Act, which will remain in force, as well as the CPA,” he said.
“And these legal complexities will make it all the more important for landlords to appoint reputable, reliable, knowledgeable, qualified and legally registered rental management agents to assist them and ensure they remain compliant.”
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