Moving House During Lockdown Level 4
Breaking News: Moving of house now permitted during Lockdown Level 4
South Africans are now allowed to move house during lockdown level 4, although this will happen under strict conditions. This will only be a once off permitted move between the period of 7 May and 7 June 2020.
This is according to regulations published in a government gazette and dated May 7. Co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma signed the gazette.
Here are all the facts that you will need to know:
Who is permitted to move?
The once off move is only permitted for tenants and home buyers where the lease agreement or sales contract was executed / signed before or during the Lockdown period.
The “Lockdown Period” is defined as the period between 23h59 on 26 March to 23h59 on 30 April 2020. Thus, if the lease agreement was not signed on or before 26 March 2020 then the tenant may not move.
If the property was not registered on or before 26 March 2020 then the purchaser cannot move into his property. Although the Deeds Office will be opening in the following week to come, the purchaser will not be allowed to move into the new property as the registration falls outside the allowed period.
Time period for relocation:
According to Gazette Volume 659 issued on 7 May 2020, the “once-off movement of persons and transportation of goods – which is limited to household furniture and effects – will be allowed.
However, you’d only be able to move house for the period between 7 May and 7 June 2020. In addition, residents must obtain a permit to travel across provincial, metropolitan and district boundaries.
As per the direction stipulated in the Gazette, these permits can be obtained from SAPS station commander. The permit must “indicate the persons who are part of the household who will be required to move”.
In addition, you must also have in your possession “the relevant lease agreement indicating the date of expiry of the old lease and the date of commencement of the new lease”, or the transfer documents.
Residents who are moving house must also complete Form 1 on page 6 of the Gazette; titled “Permit to travel to another province, metropolitan area or district for purposes of relocation”.
Prior communication from the government indicated that “people are not allowed to move houses; moving companies are not provided for to resume operations in Level 4.”
It was then decided that a grace period of seven days would apply, until such time as the new conditions have been gazetted. On 8 May, Minister Fikile Mbalula called on residents moving between provinces to exercise extreme caution:
“Minister Fikile Mbalula calls on interprovincial travellers to exercise extreme caution on the roads, as the grace period for transit across provincial boundaries, draws to a close. The once-off movement of interprovincial travellers will end at 23:59 tonight”.
To sum up, you will need:
- A permit to travel across provincial, metropolitan or district boundaries; stamped by the station commander of a SAPS police station or a person designated by him or her
- The permit must correspond to the completed Form 1 to the gazetted directions
- Indicate the members of the household who will be required to move
- have in your possession the relevant lease agreement indicating the date of expiry of the old lease and the date of commencement of the new lease; or the transfer documents attesting to the change in place of residence or change of ownership of property