Asked by Janine
on 07-08-2018 18:11:42
Question posted in the Landlord Tenant Law
category relating to Eastern Cape
Question value: R 0.00
Kindly assist with the following query.
I rent a cottage on the same property as another house, the main house, and we share a cash power box. My contract states that I have to include a receipt for R 500 electricity with every rental payment, which I have done since I moved in. Today I contacted the estate agents in charge of my contract to inform the landlord that the box is running low and to please add more electricity. I was told to make a plan as the tenants for the main house will only be back in October.
Now I have already added my monthly electricity, used up by the main house tenants who were here this weekend, and as a single mother I do not have the additional funds to add more. I will of course make a plan not to sit in the dark over a very cold front, however what are my rights to avoid this dilemma in future? Surely the landlord is in breach of contract? Would it be in order to deduct whatever I have to add from my next rental payment?
Thank you in advance,
Janine v/d Walt
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