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Consumer law advice and legal services especially pertaining to the purchase of defective and damaged motor vehicles and your remedies in these circumstances. Cancellation of Leases and contracts etc.  

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Today; I am going to continue with the theme of Lease Agreements in this time of Lockdown.

We are still at level 4.

It is a tough time for both landlords and tenants.

As a specialist consumer lawyer, I try, at all times, to use alternative dispute resolution procedures to resolve disputes between parties and this also applies to lease agreements.

One of those tools is mediation.

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Lease Agreements: Landlord versus tenant: 2020.

I have received dozens of queries since the 26th March 2020 and the start of the official lockdown which relates to what the law has to say about certain aspects of Lease Agreements and the Corona Virus pandemic.

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 On Friday last week; I received an email which read:

 “If I have bought a defective, or a previously accident damaged, vehicle; what are my consumer rights and how do I enforce them?”

 This is simply a question but the answer to it; not so simple.

Firstly, you have certain common law rights eg not to be sold a defective “merx” (Item).

However, you also have legislation which protects you In the form of the Consumer Protection Act No 68 of 2008 (CPA)

Your remedies in terms of that Act are set out in Chapter 3.

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Commercial and Residential Lease Agreements: Cancellations:

We currently find ourselves in really tough and challenging economic and financial times in South Africa.

This situation will continue for the foreseeable future and one has to box clever.

Business owners and entrepreneurs in retail leased spaces are finding it more and more difficult to meet their financial obligations and to service their overheads.

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Let me comment in general terms. You cannot just cancel a lease agreement.

The Termination of Commercial and Residential Lease Agreements:

A summary:

The termination or cancellation of a commercial lease agreement/s is always a legal conundrum.

One of the matters that we specialise in at The Legal Advice Office is Consumer Law and one of the two topics that we concentrate on is lease agreement cancellations and early terminations.

We deal with both residential leases and commercial lease cancellations.

We get many enquiries from tenants who are under considerable financial pressure in these tough economic times who seek our advice and assistance regarding their leases.

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