31 March 2022

For immediate Release

A 29-year-old male, who illegally occupied a Communicare apartment in Drommedaris, Brooklyn for more than a year was evicted yesterday, 30 March 2022.

Communicare tried to offer the illegal occupier an opportunity to sign a lease agreement. However, he did not qualify due to his bad credit record. He also does not qualify for social housing as he owns other property.

During the legal proceedings, he indicated that he would voluntarily vacate the property but later changed his mind. The court issued an eviction order and the sheriff carried out the eviction yesterday.

This instance resulted in a rental arrears amount of over R100 000.00. Communicare relies on rental income to maintain its service to tenants.

Communicare has no authority to evict tenants. Only the courts can do that after tenants have a fair opportunity to state their case in a court of law.

“We rely on tenants honouring their rental agreement. If they don’t, there is no option but for the law to take its course. This is the last resort after we try to negotiate the settlement of their arrears. It is not fair to our legal and paying tenants who have to foot the bill for those who don’t pay,” said Makhosi Kubheka, COO at Communicare.

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For more information contact:

Balisa Mancayi

PR & Communications Officer at Communicare

Email: bmancayi@communicare.org.za

Tel: 021 421 6008