- Can the Landlord evict the tenant prior to the end of the lease agreement?
- What happens if the landlord sells his interest in the property?
- Can the landlord disconnect services to force the tenant out?
Yes, but the landlord may only evict the tenant prior to the end of a tenancy period in the following circumstances (all of which require the PRIOR consent of the Leasing Dispute Settlement Committee):
- Tenant, without justification, fails to pay rent when due.
- Tenant sub-leases or assigns the property without the landlord’s permission.
- Tenant use the leased premises or allows it to be used for illegal or immoral purposes.
- Tenants uses the leased premises or allows it to be used for a purpose not allowed in the lease agreement.
- The landlord wishes to demolish the leased premises, only if it is either more than fifteen years old or (having received the appropriate approvals) it is to be used for a new investment or commercial buildings.
- The landlord wishes to elevate, extend or alter the leased premises, where: it is unable to do this whilst the tenant is in occupancy; it has all the necessary permits and licences; the tenant is given at least six months (from granting of such permits/licences) to evacuate; the works are carried out within six months of the evacuation date - if not, the tenant may request compensation.
- The leased premises – being within the landlord’s private residence – is required for his own use or for that of his spouse, parents, children or other dependants, provided the tenant is given six months’ notice to evacuate.
Transfer of title to the leased premises does not affect a tenant’s right to continue to occupy the premises. The new owner is obliged to notify the tenant and the Office for Registration of Leases in the Municipality within thirty days of such transfer.