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Nelspruit landlords can now rent to the University of Mpumalanga

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University of Mpumalanga calls on private homeowners to help alleviate the shortage in student accommodation.

While the number of students at the University of Mpumalanga are predicted to increase to 50,000 in 2019 and 2020, demand for accommodation outstrips supply by a large margin.

Carien Brink, Seeff’s marketing manager in Nelspruit said at the moment University of Mpumalanga students are accommodated in student residences around White River and Nelspruit, within a 20km radius from campus.

To assist in the alleviation of this accommodation problem, the university is now in the process of identifying private accommodation providers who can supply suitable student accommodation.

“It has become clear that private providers will be key role players in order to fill the gap in student accommodation,” said Brink. “This in turn has created a big opportunity for landlords and investors in Nelspruit.

“The opportunity for homeowners is to convert free-standing homes on large stands that meet the necessary requirements into student residences.

“Landlords are offered the opportunity to lease their homes to the university at pre-determined rental with the university assuming the risk for occupancy.

“To qualify, the home will be inspected by the university to determine the suitability for student accommodation.”

Brink said that all service providers need to comply with the regulations to ensure that students are provided with affordable, quality accommodation which is academically conducive and sustainable in the future.

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“It is the landlord`s obligation to provide furnished rooms with access to water and electricity, internet, kitchen and bathroom facilities with good security features,” said Brink. “The landlord must also provide electrical and roof compliance certificates, the title deed of the property and floor plans approved by the City Council, amongst others.”

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The measurements for single rooms are 3m x 3m at least, and must be furnished to include curtains, a single bed, lockable cupboard, desk, lamp and chair.

Double rooms will vary in size but must be similarly furnished.

Rental income per student is R2,700 per month.

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