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How to find your perfect family-friendly rental property

15 Nov 2019

Looking for the perfect rental property can seem intimidating initially. Price, size, security, location, amenities and access routes are just some of the variables for a tenant to consider.

This home in Tokai, Cape Town, has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, large undercover patio and balcony with mountain views. It is available to rent at R25 000 per month - click here to view.

Mike Greeff, CEO of Greeff Christie’s International Real Estate, says before you start the search, you should have a clear idea of what type of home you are looking for, what amenities you require and a maximum budget you are willing to pay.

A letting agent will then be able to give you options to choose from, he says. “Your agent understands the letting prices in the area and will be able to give you advice on amenities in the area ranging from schools to restaurants.”

This four bedroom en suite home in Constantia, Cape Town, has a renovated kitchen, entertainment patio and pool. It is available to rent at R55 000 per month - click here to view.

Luckily, Greeff says by enlisting the services of an agent and following these handy tips, you can eliminate much of the concern around finding the best property for you to rent:

1. Property type and size

“Families are looking first and foremost, for property that offers value for money in terms of general size and numbers of bedrooms, to accommodate specific housing requirements,” says Mark Burt, Rentals Manager at Greeff Christie’s International Real Estate.

Another important consideration is proximity to schools. Security and off-street parking are also major considerations. Understandably, applicants are looking for small- to medium-sized properties that are easy to maintain. This is partially due to the costs related to the upkeep of larger properties.

This five bedroom, four bathroom home in Constantia, Cape Town, offers indoor/outdoor entertainment areas and mountain views. It is available to rent at R45 000 per month - click here to view.

“We have not experienced a specific area or price point that is common to a segment of the market, as the type of property largely depends on the renter’s affordability and needs. We do, however, find that generally there is good value for money to be found in the suburbs,” says Burt.

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2. Safety and security

This is one of the most important deciding factors in the minds of parents with young children. Is the area safe? A good tip would be to speak to some of the residents as well as the local police who would be able to advise you on any criminal activity in the area. When looking at potential homes to rent, it is advisable to check if the streets are well lit. One should also check the perimeter of the home for potential weak security areas, like overhanging trees or untrimmed bushes that could provide access or a hiding spot for would-be criminals.

3. Amenities

This three bedroom, two bathroom apartment in Claremont, Cape Town, has a balcony with views of the mountains. It is available to rent at R26 000 per month - click here to view.

A wealth of amenities is always a bonus. Education, recreation, health, shopping and dining should be within proximity of your new home. Having all of the aforementioned amenities would be an outstanding find.

Most tenants tend to prioritise their needs based on their lifestyle and what is important to them. Families tend to look at school-related and kid-focused amenities as well as access to 24-hour healthcare facilities.


Finding the perfect rental home need not be an overly strenuous exercise, says Greeff. “Enlist a reputable agent, do your homework before starting your journey, have a clear understanding on your absolute needs are and be realistic about what you can afford. Also, confirm what monies will need to be paid upfront like deposit, rent etc. This should make the process much simpler and virtually stress free.”

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