Squat­ting ten­ant re­fuses to move

The Star Early Edition - - METRO -

CAN YOU please give me ad­vice on how to pro­ceed with a chal­leng­ing mat­ter? We are leas­ing a prop­erty in New­lands and were sup­posed to move in on Jan­uary 8.

The prop­erty forms part of a late es­tate and the new owner has leased the prop­erty to us. Un­for­tu­nately there is a per­son with his grown-up son and daugh­ter who refuse to move.

We have a let­ter from the owner whose lawyer cor­re­sponded with this per­son. He was ad­vised six months ago to be out in Jan­uary.

This per­son does not pay rent or util­i­ties and made a state­ment that we can’t just walk in as he owns a firearm. We have not been back since as we are afraid.

Apart from get­ting this dragged out, what can we do?

This is not some­thing you should con­cern your­self with as a ten­ant – the land­lord needs to con­duct a le­gal evic­tion, via the courts. If the ten­ant has threat­ened you, you could go to the po­lice but my sug­ges­tion is get your de­posit back and run. The ten­ant won’t budge – you don’t need those prob­lems.

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