This exemption encourages retail tenants (even those that are competitors) to meet with shopping mall owners and reach agreements aimed at addressing matters such as payment holidays, rental discounts and limitations on the possibility of being evicted.
24 March 2020
This will remain in effect for as long as COVID-19 is declared a national disaster, or until withdrawn by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, whichever comes earlier.
Retail tenants must fall into one of the following designated retail categories:
- Clothing, footwear and home textile retailers – retailers of wearable garments and products and retailers of home textile products
- Personal care services – retail outlets providing personal grooming services such as hairdressers, health and beauty salons
- Restaurants – a business that prepares and serves food and drinks to customers
These categories may be expanded or reduced by the Minister.
To qualify for an exemption the agreements must extend to all South African retail tenants in the designated categories, including small independent retailers.
WHAT EXEMPTIONS ARE OFFERED
The following agreements are exempted, if undertaken at the request of, and in coordination with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition:
- Payment holidays and/or rental discounts for tenants
Limitations on the eviction of tenants
The suspension or adjustment to lease agreement clauses that restrict the designated retail tenants from undertaking reasonable measures required to protect viability during the national disaster.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN EXEMPTION
The retail property landlords and designated retail tenants must keep minutes of meetings held and written records of agreements or practices falling within the scope of these exemptions.
Written representations on these regulations must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org