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If you want to lodge a claim in the small claims court, your claim will be limited to a maximum of R15 000.00. You will have to institute a claim in the area where the rental property is situated. You can go to the clerck of the small claims court at the Magistrates office for that area. She will assist you to draft a letter of demand which should be either posted by registered post of delivered by the sheriff.
After the time mentioned in the letter of demand have lapsed and he still has not paid, you will go back to the clerk of the small claims court who will then assist you to draft a summons. The summons will then be served by the sheriff of the court, giving the defendant a court date at which time he is to appear at court.
On the given day, you are to appear personallyas well, taking with you all your documentary proof of your claim. The commissioner will then make a binding ruling 9court order). If the tenant then still does not pay up, the clerk of the court will assist you to issue a warrant of execution whereby the sheriff will attach property belonging to the tenant to sell in execution to recoup your money.
You can also decide to appoint an attorney to assist you with claiming the full arrears and also evicting the tenant from the premises. As attorneys fees differ quite substantially, you might want to find out before hand exactly how much it will cost you.
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