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The Rental Housing Tribunal (RHT) is an independent body appointed in terms of the Rental Housing Act. Its main purpose is to be a

Does your home have a teen pad, granny flat or garden cottage? If so, you could be sitting on a great source of extra

With the festive season in full swing, and because many offices and businesses close for the year tomorrow, you may have received your rental

An unintended consequence of the sluggish economy has been a spike in the fraudulent behaviour of would-be tenants who are desperate to sign a

South Africans do not know where to find homes for rent. And when they do find them, they do not know what their rights

The challenging economic times putting frowns on the faces of consumers is impacting the middle and lower tiers of the residential rental sector in

Tenants, just because you signed a lease agreement for 12 months, does not mean you cannot cancel the agreement. In fact, despite what your

The rental market in KwaZulu-Natal has declined over the past 12 months with only about 60% of tenants current paying their rent on time

It’s the best time to be a tenant in Gauteng. Rental inflation is depressed across the province, pegged at just more than 5%, and

Over the years, particularly with various DIY advertising portals becoming available to the layman renting out their property, various rental scams have been created,

Cape Town’s property rental market is going through a major shake-up as new apartment blocks come on stream to provide longer-term tenants with a

Curious things happen to human beings. It is no surprise then that landlords who are in the business of renting homes to human beings

If a person has chosen to invest in a few properties to rent out, but chances are they won’t own more than 10 units, they would

According to a poll conducted by HomeTimes, 48% of South African tenants receive their rental deposit back in full on the conclusion of their

Q Hi, I entered into a verbal rental agreement with my landlord. What are my rights as he wants to increase my rental by more

A complaint often heard from tenants is that they decided to move on because the property just did not “feel like home” and the

Rental agents in at least two major metros are reporting declining demand, with properties remaining vacant for longer and quality tenants having their pick

In the recent case of Tudor Hotel Brasserie and Bar (Pty) Ltd v Hencetrade 15 (Pty) Ltd the court addressed the issue regarding set-off where the

The day you viewed your soon-to-be rental home you noticed that some things that you had gotten used to in your previous home were

Every lease agreement should contain common clauses like annual escalations and exit clauses. But what happens when they are not included in your lease

There are certain times in life when you want to settle down and others when you know it is time to move on; to

Q Hi, what effect does the death of a tenant have on a lease agreement? A In terms of the common law, a lease agreement does not

Q Hi, I am a landlord, and I had a defaulting tenant that has since vacated my property. However, they still owe outstanding rental. What would be

Q Hi, I am about to sign a lease agreement for a residential property. One of the clauses, however, does not sit well with me.

Sub-letting, be it with permission or illegally, is a trend that residential landlords can’t quite escape – especially as belts get tighter and tenants

Q Hi, I came across your video regarding deposits. Firstly, I would like to know what recourse does a landlord have when a tenant has destroyed

The PayProp Rental Index Annual Review of 2017 shows that the rental market suffered from much volatility during the year. It kicked off with

Rentals are expected to continue to rise slowly in 2018 as the challenges of home affordability and stricter lending criteria tighten their grip, but

Our beautiful country is faced with one of the worst droughts in history. Day Zero for Cape Town has already been moved up to

Being a landlord is not for everyone. It is not an easy way to supplement your income or make a living and it is

Young adults who have just left their family home to rent their first house have a similar dilemma new entrants to the job market

Q I moved out of our rented home at the end of October and I’m concerned that I’m not going to get my deposit back;

Q Hi, I signed a fixed-term lease for a year that said I am allowed two guests per week to stay over. Before I moved in

Many tenants ask their landlords for first refusal, should the landlord ever decide to sell the property. “For a happy tenant the right of

“Two years ago we found the perfect home to rent: It had three large bedrooms, a small, manageable garden, large open-plan living area and

Picture this: You’ve just completed your outgoing inspection and the agent or landlord has placed the blame for a host of “faults” on you.

“Honey, should we stay in this house for at least one more year or do you want to move when our lease expires?” “Let’s stay,

What happens if you find your ideal home, but the current owner has leased the property? “Generally buying a tenanted property isn’t a problem

Your tenants suddenly decided to leave, in the middle of a lease contract, surely you can go ahead and recoup all possible monies owed

Q Hi, I gave notice to my landlord that I was going to vacate his rental apartment within the required time. He sent prospective tenants

Q Hi, my tenant has been in breach of our contract for a while now. I have put the tenant on terms but the tenant

Q Hi, I need urgent advice. I live in a rented granny flat in Bellville, Cape Town. The property is a single dwelling erf that has

Donna had been struggling to find the right rental property and was thrilled when she eventually found what she considered to be the perfect

Q I signed a lease agreement for a property I was supposed to occupy on 1 October 2017. After paying over the deposit, the landlord

This is the story of a man who owned a few properties all across the land: two-bedroom cottages, three-bedroom homes and large, old four-bedroom

You are feeling anxious because you have found the perfect rental home, and while you were viewing the home two other potential tenants showed

Bitcoin is a worldwide cryptocurrency and digital payment system. It is the first decentralised digital currency, since the system works without a central repository or single administrator. It was

While packing is a major element when it comes to moving, there is much more that needs to be taken into account when changing

Q I need to relocate to another province due to work commitments, but I signed a lease agreement four months ago. I need to understand

Q If an agency has been the victim of fraud and the tenant deposits have been misappropriated can the landlord cancel the lease agreement and

Q Hello, in the article Can a tenant under debt review be denied a rental home? dated 25 July 2017 I saw the following: "If the

Q Hi, I was renting a property in Hoedspruit for the past year, the lease expired at the end of May and we never signed

Q I need advice. A friend is under debt review and no rental agents will rent to her. Isn't this unconstitutional? She pays rent on

Q We have a tenant that rented a property through our agency and remains in the property. The tenant’s employer paid the deposit for the

Did you get a lease agreement from a local stationary shop or download one from Google? If you did, chances are that it is

Q Hi, I am a student and I had a lease with my landlord for the year 2016. I continued to stay for 2017 without

Q Hi, over the past weekend someone drove into the electricity substation at the complex and destroyed it. Everyone in the complex is without electricity. Our

Q Hi, We suddenly need to relocate for work and will need to rent a home. We've found a suitable place and made contact but

Q Hi, we have been giving permission to market a unit for a six-month, long-term let. We are aware that there is another agent also

The question of damages to a rental unit is one of the most contentious, with one side claiming it is damage, and the other

Q Hi, I am a tenant living in a sectional title complex in Witbank, Mpumalanga. I have prepaid electricity but recently ours and some of

Q Hi, I am busy with a two-year lease where the tenant doesn't want an escalation written in. He says would prefer it be written

Q I have been renting a home in Pretoria and, despite renewing the lease last October, have had a few too many run-ins with my

If you are buying a property in an estate or a cluster home complex, you should ensure that the homeowners’ association (HOA) has a

Q Hi, I have a fully signed lease. The landlord’s address was not inserted while the tenant’s name is spelled incorrectly. Amendments were made on

Q Hi, why is there a clause in the lease to say the owner can sell at any time during the tenancy? Doesn't the huur

Q Hi, the electrical system is non-compliant in a flat (no trip switch) and the tenant is paranoid. The owner is kicking against the work

Q Last year I moved out of my sectional title unit and quickly found a tenant. This past tax season I had to declare my

When you moved into your new sectional title home last September you diligently filled in the defects’ list the complex’s managing agent asked you

Economically we are in a time of fear and uncertainty, with many of us looking for ways to offset financial risks. Landlords should be

“Hello?” “Susan, has David paid his rent yet? It’s the 3rd of the month and I don’t see his rental payment in my account yet.” “Oh

Q Hi, when we moved out of our rental property in Pretoria East the agent came to inspect the house within almost half an hour

Q Hi, I am currently renting a property in the Amanzimtoti area of KwaZulu-Natal. I have been in the property for 18 months and when

Q I need advice on what I can do or what process to follow to get my money. I am a landlord and have been

Q Hi, I have three questions: #1 For a lease renewal, do you draw up a new lease or just an addendum? #2 Do you credit check

Lease renewal time on your house or flat has arrived, but did you know that last year’s rental hike isn’t necessarily applicable for the

Q Is this “dunning charge” imposed by the Cape Town City Council legal? If so, is it for the landlord’s or the tenant’s account? A Insofar as dunning

Q I have a tenant who has permission from the landlord to sub-let her apartment. If we do a sub-let lease, who is the landlord

Q A tenant was opening a garage door when the wind was quite strong. The garage door blew up and out of his hands and

Q In line with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI), may I provide information I receive from a prospective tenant (not signed up yet)

Q Our agency just did a reference check on applicants with their current landlord for purposes of placing them with a new landlord. The previous landlord

Q We are looking at exiting our lease early due to a complete break down in trust and respect between us and our landlord. The lease

“Sharon speaking, hello.” “Hi Sharon, it’s Lebo.” “Oh, hi Lebo. How are you?” “I’m fine Sharon; just saw that you have not yet paid your rent?” “I…uh…I was

Some 11% fewer homes were transferred in Q3 2016, compared to Q3 2015, which translates into a market where buyers just cannot afford to

Q What can we do about Cape Town landlords who refuse to provide pool covers for their rental properties? A Quite simply, you should advise your landlords

You need to find a new rental home and begin your search online. You find the perfect home in the perfect location and enquire

Q If a tenant gave notice to terminate a lease early, and at the end of the termination period only vacated half the property (i.e.

Q Is a residential lease agreement without an annual fixed-percentage increase legal? A There is nothing unlawful about having a lease that is subject to a variable

Q What happens in a case where a lease has been signed by an elderly lady and two months later it is found that she is

Q If we have demanded payment from a tenant, they have not paid and then we cancel the lease, can the lease be revived? I

Q A child recently drowned in a pool at a rented property. What is the legal position of a landlord if there is no swimming

The Rental Housing Act states that an outgoing inspection should be arranged within seven days after the tenant vacates the property. Should one of

At this time of year a surprising number of people who had been planning to stay home for the festive season will suddenly decide

National rental inflation is currently sitting between 2.89% and 6.4%, according to TPN Credit Bureau and PayProp Group. Regionally, the Western Cape's rental inflation

Your landlord is an idiot – all your friends have heard you say this a million times. Some of your friends know that he

Is the “Three Strikes Rule”, often utilised by landlords to create an instant cancellation mechanism in the event of a tenant repetitively breaching a

The landlord-tenant game is an entirely different animal in South Africa’s popular coastal towns. Landlords and investors realise the potential for significant rental income

National average rental inflation is a lowly 2.89% according to the latest TPN Market Strength Index. This means that as a landlord, if you

Rent is late…again. As this dreadful month-end ritual unfolds, you can’t help but wonder: Will the rent be paid in full, or at all,

Rent is late…again. As this dreadful month-end ritual unfolds, you can’t help but wonder: Will the rent be paid in full, or at all,

Rent is late…again. As this dreadful month-end ritual unfolds, you can’t help but wonder: Will the rent be paid in full, or at all,

The refund of a tenant’s deposit is the most strongly contested aspect of residential rentals, with most tenants believing that any damages claimed fall

Rent is late…again. As this dreadful month-end ritual unfolds, you can’t help but wonder: Will the rent be paid in full, or at all,

Rent is late…again. As this dreadful month-end ritual unfolds, you can’t help but wonder: Will the rent be paid in full, or at all,

Rent is late…again. As this dreadful month-end ritual unfolds, you can’t help but wonder: Will the rent be paid in full, or at all,

Rent is late…again. As this dreadful month-end ritual unfolds, you can’t help but wonder: Will the rent be paid in full, or at all,

So you’ve decided to take an early retirement because, well, you deserve it! To generate some income during one of your extended holidays to

Challenging economic times have meant that many landlords and tenants in the residential market have been impacted, with tenants unable to keep up with

One day you wake up and realise that the two-bedroom townhouse you’ve been renting is just too small. The baby needs grass to play

The meteoric rise of Airbnb - the short-term letting app launched in a San Francisco apartment a mere seven years ago - is, without

Tenants may not realise that by giving an estate agent or landlord permission to do a credit check on them before signing a lease,

Scamming desperate tenants is child's play, thanks to the high demand for affordable rental accommodation. This leaves the door wide open for bogus agents and landlords

You’ve met with the agent and landlord, and viewed the property. All that’s left for you to secure the rental property is for you

There is no requirement in law that a landlord has to provide a tenant with an electrical compliance certificate every two years, but it

Imagine having the ability to read another’s mind? Prospective tenants will never have to wonder why a rental application was refused again. PG van der

Renting your first apartment is exciting. Young professionals or executive couples may have romanticised ideas of what it will entail: lazy weekends reading by

What are your rights as a tenant? Grant Rea, RE/MAX Living Rental Specialist, takes you through eight areas to empower you to avoid unscrupulous

How are tenants expected to fund an increase in rental inflation if their salaries are not growing at the same pace? This is the

Over the past few years, economic uncertainty and stock market volatility has spawned investor interest in residential rental property. And it can be a

Despite the encouraging news about continued growing demand among foreigners to live and work in South Africa, landlords in SA need to be sure

Buyers looking to purchase an investment property to rent out often have difficulty determining the accurate rental price. There are many factors to consider

The trend of yield compression, which started in 2014, continued through to the 4th quarter, 2015. This is the finding of the latest FNB-TPN

Demand for rental accommodation in the greater Johannesburg area continues unabated, reports Rupert Finnemore, regional head of the Pam Golding Properties in Gauteng. In

A quarterly survey of landlords and property managers by TPN in Q42015 to gauge supply and demand, found Cape Town reflected the most noticeably

The rand’s decline is boosting the appeal of high-end rental property in South Africa. “In fact it’s become almost ridiculously inexpensive for those earning

Who is responsible for the carpets when they wear out, tenants my wonder. And what about the woodwork and paintwork? What constitutes "fair wear

In evictions, the most important thing is to stop the financial bleeding. The amount of blood and pain on the landlord’s part, however, depends

With Western Cape holiday letting being extremely popular, so comes the increase in homeowners and agents wanting to get on “the letting bandwagon” to

Business and leisure tourism along with the continued migration of people to the Cape metro are set to boost the rental market. The weak

One of the major attractions to investing in property is your capital growth, in addition to your ongoing rental income. For that to be

Searching the internet has become the norm for consumers looking for homes to rent, with classifieds websites recording huge traffic increases in this category

The property markets of mining towns around the world have gone from boom to bust in the past year as a result of the

Average rental growth for 2015 was just 6.2%, not much higher than where the market ended in 2014, at 6.05%. This is the latest

An open communication channel between landlord and tenant is of utmost importance to the outcome of your tenancy arrangement, RE/MAX Living Rental Specialist, Grant

Over the past few years, demand for rental properties in the Helderberg Basin has been consistently high - with a big influx of people

Tenants are seldom experts on the subject of leases and consequently uncertain about things like their rights, why to submit three months’ bank statements

Managing agents are the “first line of defence” for landlords when it comes to keeping problem tenants out of their properties, so they need

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Every 12 months, and in some cases 6 months, tenants are required to increase their monthly rental by between 5% and 10% - depending

In a landmark case last year, it was clarified that the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) does in fact apply to lease agreements. As the well-known

HomeTimes interviews Octodec Investments Limited financial director Anthony Stein about the size and nature of the real estate investment trust (REIT). The REIT has

Despite this time of year being synonymous with New Year's resolutions, South Africans continue to fail in one department – year after year. In a

Many tenants may find themselves in a situation where the landlord decides to put their rental property on the market. What rights does the

With between 10% and 25% of all residential tenants classified as poor payers, according to figures from various rental estate agencies and the Tenant Profile

As a landlord, the more you spend on maintenance and repairs, the less profit you make on your rental property. But how do you

Being a private landlord means you’re both a property and relationship manager. If you are not up for signing away a portion of your

Choosing the right estate agent to manage your investment property is the first and most important step to ensure you get the return you’re

The average residential rental in South Africa has remained above the R6,500 level in the third quarter, currently at R6,508, but has shown no

At the heart of being a landlord is the drive to secure a quality tenant who takes care of your property and pays the

With tax season upon us again, SARS provides easy-to-understand advice on what can and what cannot be claimed on your rental property. SARS defines rental

In a bizarre twist of events, a homeowner has been evicted from her own property. If you didn’t think that was even possible, it

Tenants in South Africa currently pay anywhere between one and three months’ rent as a damages deposit – but are often unsure what they

In a tragic event on the premises of a prominent complex in Sunninghill in Johannesburg in late July, a landlord was electrocuted when taking

A shocking case of sexual assault and genital mutilation was uncovered by the Hawks in Bloemfontein in late September. Tenant Profile Network (TPN) Credit

Parents signing or co-signing leases for student accommodation are almost 20% higher in better standing than students signing alone. This is according to Tenant

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What rights does a landlord have when cancelling a lease, even if the tenant has not been in breach? Rental property law expert and director

Rental property law expert and director at Marlon Shevelew and Associates Inc, discusses voetstoots clauses in lease agreements. Over the last century the common law

The average rental in South Africa ranges between R5,913 per month to R6,441 per month, with the Northern Cape showing the highest growth. This

Still struggling to pay off your debt? We’ve got you covered when attempting to sign a lease. Have a credit-worthy member of your family or

Some 45% of South African credit-active consumers are behind on their debt repayments, according to the National Credit Regulator’s Lebogang Selibi. Right now, more than