DEAR Amanda Wolmarans
Your letter to the Herald does not contain all the information with respect to whether all the relevant documents are in order, with respect to tenant application form, ID document, employment, salary advice etc and if the documents have been signed by the tenant/s prior to them having access to your property. I’m certain your attorney has provided you with the correct opinion on this.
In my opinion, the lease agreement should provide for access wherein the owner and his/her agent is allowed reasonable access to their property after providing 24-hour notice to the tenant.
Furthermore, the agreement should contain that the tenant agrees to pay all costs in order to obtain outstanding monies etc, as well that the tenant agrees and is liable for payment of penalties and interest payable by the tenant for any late payment. Then if the tenant is employed and has any assets you can have a field day.
It sounds like you are putting up a good fight. Persist until you are successful.
Robert de Falco, Glen Hurd, Port Elizabeth