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Covid-19 regulations did not render it illegal to pay rent, says court as it orders car dealership to pay

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The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ruled a car company must pay rent it failed to pay during lockdown.
The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ruled a car company must pay rent it failed to pay during lockdown.
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A car dealership in Pretoria that was forced to cease operations due to Covid-19 restrictions in 2020 has been ordered to pay about R292 437 in rental arrears. 

The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has set aside a ruling by the lower court, which ordered the dealership to pay only 50% of the reduced rental.

Hennops Sports had leased its property to Luhan motors since 2017. It reduced the rent after the dealership's "obligations was temporarily made impossible" by the restrictions.

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