FAQ about SA Landlord Rights

Whether you’re already a landlord or are looking to become one in the near future, knowing your rights is essential to avoid or mitigate a potentially sticky situation.

Here are a few frequently asked questions about South African landlord rights to keep you informed:

  1. Can a landlord evict a tenant? A landlord can indeed evict a tenant, but only with a court order.
  2. Can a landlord’s relative evict the tenant on their behalf? A landlord’s relative can only evict the tenant on their behalf if they have power of attorney.
  3. How can a landlord evict a tenant? There are three ways to evict a tenant, each with their own requirements and conditions. See these options here.
  4. What happens to the landlord if they evict the tenant without a court order? If the tenant seeks prosecution, the landlord can face criminal charges and jail time of up to two years.
  5. Can a landlord remove an evicted tenant that removes to leave? No, only a police officer can remove an illegal tenant.
  6. Can a landlord take their tenant’s private possessions to pay for missed rent? A No, a tenant can criminally charge the landlord with theft in this regard. The landlord can however sue the tenant for any arrear rental which may give them a court order to remove tenant possessions in place of rent.

In case you missed it, we recently put together a list of frequently asked questions about tenancy rights in South Africa. Knowing your tenant’s rights will be helpful, too!

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to find your perfect tenant! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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