COVID-19 'Permit to Move' is fake news!


Desperate to move, some tenants have latched on to an idea of a police issued “permit” to move house.

Actually this “permit “ is nothing more than an Affidavit signed by the tenant at their local police station on a SAPS Sworn Statement Form. The contents of the Affidavit confirms the address of the new lease and that the tenant gives themselves “permission” to move on 1st May.

In terms of the Disaster Management Act and the current regulations, the police may only issue permits to travel between provinces for the attendance of funerals.

TPN has confirmed with a high level Advocate at the National Prosecuting Authority that “SAPS cannot issue such permits and the current regulations do not permit this.”

This was confirmed by a Lieutenant Colonel at SAPS in a statement, “SAPS are only authorised to issue permits for travel for funerals between provinces.”

We would highly encourage all tenants to not attempt to move with these self-made permits as it could potentially lead to arrest or fines.

Once the final regulations have been published, there will hopefully be clarity at which level tenants will be allowed to move - we will update you as soon as it is received.

Until then, we strongly advise tenants not to move.

Michelle Dickens
MD of TPN Credit Bureau

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  1. What are we to do when we have bought a unit within the same complex and transfer will happen in May?
    If we cannot move we will have to pay rent and the bond going forward, without taking occupation of our new home a couple of meters away. This was not thought through. People will not be able to bear these additional costs. It is already difficult as is.

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    1. It really is a very difficult situation to be caught in, please reach out to our legal team at legal@tpn.co.za for specific advice on your situation.

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  2. The government did not think this through.. What happens if one needs to move due to lack of funds.. One wants to move from where they rent to home and if they don't move they must pay for the month.. Meaning the government Is putting us in debt

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    1. It is an enormously difficult situation that tenants and landlords are faced with, with no clear answers on the time-frame of level 4. If we can support you with legal advice, please email legal@tpn.co.za

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  3. I would like to move, and not happy where I am living...it's not safe, roof leaks and ceilings cracking amoungst other things. what am I to, notice given as well.

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    1. At the moment, nobody is allowed to move unless you are an essential worker who is starting a new job in a new area and you can move your belongings with your own transport - furniture removal companies are not allowed to operate. The TPN legal team will be able to advise you on your specific situation, please email legal@tpn.co.za

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