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Curious things happen to human beings. It is no surprise then that landlords who are in the business of renting homes to human beings come across strange goings-on between the four walls of their properties. Michelle Dickens, MD of TPN confirms that “as a property specialist

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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 than 10%. I cannot afford to move out right now. - Jo A Got a question? Email david@hometimes.co.za

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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 tenant argued that vacant occupation of the entire leased premises was not received. In this case Hencetrade (hereinafter referred to as the

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Q1 Hi, I am a new property owner and I recently purchased an apartment in Glenwood, Durban. The property was occupied by a tenant at the time of acquisition and when that lease expired, it was let to a new tenant. The tenant (a pastor), has indicated

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Every lease agreement should contain common clauses like annual escalations and exit clauses. But what happens when they are not included in your lease agreement? Got a question? Email david@hometimes.co.za  

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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 the best process to recover this missing rental amount which totals to about R14,500? The TPN Credit Bureau suggests the Small Claims

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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. I would like to know if the clause is CPA-compliant. It reads as follows: "The Landlord agrees to pay the Estate Agent

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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 feel economic pressure. “We are seeing more and more illegal sub-letting, particularly in the emerging market space. People who might not have

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