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All I want for Christmas…by Marlon Shevelew

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2015 has been a busy year for everyone. We at HomeTimes want to know what industry heavyweights are thinking about as the year draws to a close. Some are concerned about buyers, others sellers, and still others society in general. But what is it that they would like to see in their Christmas stocking for a better 2016?

Welcome to All I want for Christmas according to:

Marlon Shevelew, director of Marlon Shevelew and Associates

Marlon Shevelew, director of Marlon Shevelew and Associates.

Marlon Shevelew, director of Marlon Shevelew and Associates.

“I don’t believe the Estate Agency Affairs Board looks after rental property agents, I don’t believe the Estate Agency Affairs Act gives rental agents the credence they deserve and that it is sales agent-centric. I don’t believe the rental agents are protected well enough by the Rental Housing Tribunal and I don’t believe that the Rental Housing Act protects Rental Agents to the degree necessary.”

An unfortunate truth for rental property agents in South Africa

Tenants are consumers in a lease agreement and landlords are consumers in a mandate. Both fall under the Consumer Protection Act which leans heavily in their favour, and to a lesser degree rental property agents.

The Estate Agency Affairs Act focuses on sales agents and the Rental Housing Act focuses on tenants and landlords, once again leaning heavily in favour of all the parties to a property transaction, and to a lesser degree rental property agents.

Rental property agents are the suppliers of services to landlords and tenants, and need education and guidance to be able to excel in an industry beset with a multitude of legislation and those fly-by-nights who seek to undermine the very system our rental property agents study and pay so much to be a part of.

We have created the Rental Retainer Club and RentDoc to make it easier for rental property agents to have the best advice, the best prices for rental property legal work, best practice for managing their landlords and tenants, updates on the law, articles of interest which relates not just to theory but practical knowledge gleaned from our tribunals and courts, and protection of a retained expert 24/7. With the introduction of RentDoc, there is now the ability to have the best letters of demand sent at a nominal fee to secure the income due to the landlord and the agent.

28 international awards may have earned us your respect, but the work we do for our clients and club members hopefully earns us your trust.

Contact Marlon on retainer@marlonshevelew.co.za for a personal response on how we can be of assistance to you.


David A Steynberg, managing editor and director of HomeTimes, has more than 10 years of experience as both a journalist and editor, having headed up Business Day’s HomeFront supplement, SAPOA’s range of four printed titles, digimags Asset in Africa and the South African Planning Institute’s official title, Planning Africa, as well as B2B titles, Building Africa and Water, Sewage & Effluent magazines. He began his career at Farmer’s Weekly magazine before moving on to People Magazine where he was awarded two Excellence Awards for Best Real Life feature as well as Writer of the Year runner-up. He is also a past fellow of the International Women’s Media Foundation.

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