It is important to follow the correct eviction process for an eviction to be lawful.
The Prevention of Illegal Evictions from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act, 19 of 1998, (the “PIE Act”) regulates the lawful eviction of unlawful occupiers. It is in terms of the PIE Act that a landlord is entitled to evict a tenant and to obtain judgment to recover losses, damages and costs by approaching the court for relief.
The duration of the eviction process would depend on the circumstances of each case, including the following:
- Will the matter be defended?
- Were the correct procedures followed?
- Is a proper lease agreement in place?
If the matter is undefended, the process could take a few weeks, whereas it could take several months if the matter is defended.