Golden rules for tenants & landlords

De La Porte Property Group, Cape Town, South Africa

What tenants and landlords can and can’t do

Tenants

The dynamic of the tenant / landlord relationship is often fraught with frustration but following these steps will help to ensure the tenant understands his rights as well as his obligations. Moreover, following this advice could prove particularly valuable where it counts most, money saved and maintaining a good credit profile.

Firstly, there are processes for tenants to follow to ensure that they are protected against unscrupulous landlords and enjoy a hassle free renting experience. Know your agent or landlord. Never hand over cash, rather make an EFT. Always see a copy of the estate agent’s fidelity fund certificate.

Tenants should read through the lease agreement before they sign anything, taking note of details such as the date the rent is due and the extra costs they are liable for, such as water, electricity, refuse and sewerage. The lease agreement is…

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