Allow Real Estate Agents to earn a living in South Africa under level 4 lockdown

Allow Real Estate Agents to earn a living in South Africa under level 4 lockdown

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RYAN van HEERDEN started this petition to Presidency South Africa and

 Dear Mr President,
 
On Behalf of all South African Real Estate Agents and Landlords renting or selling their homes/business premises we would like to make an urgent appeal to allow Real Estate companies to operate during Level 4 Lockdown and Tenants/home-owners to move in or out of properties as required. If the mining industry and taxi industry, which involves crowds of people, is allowed to operate, then it is irrational and unreasonable to disallow Estate Agents the right to work. Estate Agents earn commission and if we are unable to List homes/businesses for rental & sale and take clients to view these homes then we will be unable to support our families, pay staff and pay taxes. Our reasons for the immediate opening of our sector of the economy are valid and logical as follows:
 
1.     Real Estate offices can easily ensure social distancing and a sanitized environment in the workplace.
2.     Real Estate offices can ensure social distancing by allowing agents to work in shifts according to need.
3.     Real Estate Agents don’t work in crowds and can easily take precautions when listing a property or taking an individual client to view. All interactions with clients are logged in writing as an additional safety measure and can be traced and tracked.
4.     Prospective Buyers or Tenants meet Agents at mandated properties and don’t need to travel with the agent so social distancing is observed.
5.     Show days or viewing sessions can still be staged and generally only a single couple is allowed to view at any given time and written records of these clients are always taken.
6.     Tenants have been unable to move in or out of their properties to new homes in the same province for the past 2 months causing unnecessary financial and personal stress and opening up unwarranted and unnecessary litigation due to an untenable situation with no end in sight so no future planning can be done.
7.     Tenants and homeowners right to freedom of movement have been unnecessarily and unreasonably impinged upon.
8.     The Real Estate industry generates huge amounts of taxes to the Treasury, including Transfer fees, VAT, PAYE, UIF, Turnover Tax and others. The government needs these funds to aid it at this time.
 
In light of these reasons please immediately allow Estate Agents to go back to work to support their families and make a meaningful contribution to society and prevent the collapse of this industry in South Africa. The danger and mortality rate of the Covid19 Virus, although contagious, has proven to be far less dangerous than initially thought with a mortality rate of less than 1%. Feeding our families is far more important than unmerited fear of catching this virus. If we do not receive proper considerations of our very reasonable demands within 5 days of the submission of this petition to your office then we will need to turn to the Courts for relief in order to ensure that the Executive, of which you are the head, Mr President, is held to account. We look forward to your favourable response.

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