Landlords should make sure they have a signed photo record of the condition of the property when the tenant moves in.
A landlord is not permitted to charge a tenant for ‘fair wear and tear’, as tenants are not liable for deterioration by ordinary and reasonable use.
While living above your local supermarket or fast-food outlet can be convenient, mixing business with residential units can also present conflicts.
When signing a lease, the landlord should attach and disclose prior to signing the lease, all the terms and conditions of living in that home.
Landlords and managing agents should keep control of water and electricity accounts and not allow these to be sent directly to the tenant.
Landlords who think that they can raise residential rentals annually by 10 percent, or even more, are likely to lose good tenants.
DIY landlords are unlikely to have access to all the necessary information they need, often relying on a spoken reference or the word of the tenant.
Landlords need to have a clause in the lease which transfers responsibility to their tenants so that they are not held liable for any misbehaviour.
Renting out a small part of your home can bring in extra income, with single rooms in the Cape Peninsula commanding rentals of up to R6k a month.
Landlords should be careful when entering into leases and screening prospective tenants, as the new privacy legislation will have ramifications.
Landlords are often seen as villains who press their tenants for rent money every month, however, they can feel like victims too.
The correct appointment of an agent to manage a property asset is vitally important in ensuring the investment is safe and viable.
Because of the provisions of the Act, a landlord can now no longer assume that a court will enforce a lease agreement simply based on the signature.
Rental returns on low priced property, particularly sectional title units, are not only better than for higher priced homes but escalate faster.
As renting property is often a relatively long-term arrangement, establishing and maintaining a healthy landlord-tenant relationship is key.
Most landlords agree that it is important to do what is necessary to keep a good tenant who pays on time and takes care of your property.
As the buy-to-let market starts to pick up so does the debate of whether to self-manage or pay a managing agent to ensure a steady income stream.
Buy-to-let investors are putting themselves at risk for landlord-tenant difficulties if they don’t take precautions before signing a lease.
If a tenant says he will renew his lease, this is seen as a contract because there was an offer and an acceptance of the offer.
It's the landlord's responsibility to ensure a rental property is in a fit state to live in, but there are often grey areas as to who pays for what.
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