We reiterate that clauses that are at odds with leases are unenforceable, cancelled and separable from the rest of the agreement, but that is not all. In addition, owners who object to the provisions of the CPA are open to a one-year prison sentence or a fine (the largest of 10% of annual turnover or R1mi) or both a fine and one year`s imprisonment. Section 51 of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) stipulates that a supplier cannot subject an agreement to conditions that are directly or indirectly applicable: the Consumer Protection Act provides that a tenant can legally terminate a rental contract if he has terminated 20 working days in advance. Some homeowners may argue that the law does not apply to them, because they do not rent real estate in “normal business” – how could an owner face such an argument? One of the determinants of a transaction is not determining whether a lease is a CPA`s responsibility, that it is normal transactions. Unfortunately, “normal business” is not defined in the CPA, but “business” is. The definition of “business” provides clarity; it is defined as the continued marketing of goods and services. Given the clear language requirements of the CPA and the requirements that housing leases should not be unfair, unfair or inappropriate, it is very important that landlords pay particular attention to what is included in their leases. It is simply unacceptable to draw a precedent from a free rental contract on the internet and expect that to be enough. It is also not wise to simply have a clause in the rental agreement for housing contracts that you have withdrawn from the Internet, which states that, to the extent that there is a conflict between this document and the CPA, priority is given to the CPA without specifically analyzing and amending any clause of the CPA, and the applicable SA law in general! Landlords open themselves to enormous legal, criminal and financial risks if they do so and if housing contracts are found unilaterally in favour of the landlord or unfair to the tenant or not in plain English or generally at odds with the CPA.