Coronavirus Update - Tenants

May 6, 2020 5:45:50 PM Share this:

At Harcourts, our priority is supporting our clients and the community throughout this challenging time.

During recent conversations we have been asked a number of questions about the state of the rental market, the impact that Coronavirus is having on Landlords and how we are adapting to the changing landscape.

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Topics: Renting, Rental Property, Tenants, Corona Virus, COVID-19

YOLO, JOMO or FOMO? – understanding Millennials

Mar 30, 2020 8:00:00 AM Share this:

The meaning of phrases such as landlords ‘being really extra about lit parties’ and tenants promising ‘to have this adulting thing down’ may be clear as day to Millennials, but Greek to older generations. Thankfully, RE/MAX of Southern Africa compiled their own Millennial Tenant Dictionary.

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Topics: Renting, Real Estate Agents, Millenials, Harcourts Real Estate

This is why tenants must be cautious before signing a lease

Dec 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

A tenant has the right, at the inception, to receive and occupy a leased property that is not only fit for the condition it is let but also habitable. The landlord has a duty to maintain the property in a habitable condition throughout the period of the lease.

There are certain steps a tenant must take before concluding a lease.

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Topics: Renting, Richard Gray, Harcourts Real Estate, KZN Rental Housing Tribunal

Turn to tribunal for help in a rental dispute

Nov 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

The Rental Housing Tribunal exists to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants. And it’s free!

“The Rental Housing Tribunal is a statutory body established in terms of Section 7 of the Rental Housing Act 50 of 1999 (as amended),” explains Pieter Janse van Rensburg of Just Property. “It is an independent body and its members are appointed by the MEC of each province, in terms of the Rental Housing Act 50/1999, to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants regarding residential properties.”

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Topics: Renting, Richard Gray, Landlords, Harcourts Real Estate

Why millennials prefer to rent

Oct 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

The demand for rentals among millennials is on the increase, and it’s easy to see why. In Deloitte’s 2018 Millennial Survey of over 10 000 people born between 1983 and 1994, the research found that freedom and flexibility were key workplace priorities for this age group. But this could be extended to the world of property too: because of this desire to have more freedom, millennials tend to settle down later and travel more, which means they’re renting rather than buying.

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Topics: Renting, Millenials, Harcourts Real Estate

How to find the perfect roommate

Sep 2, 2019 10:38:00 PM Share this:

Renting a property can be an expensive business, particularly if you’re single. One of the best way to offset some of the costs is to find a roommate (or two). On paper it sounds great - you’ll have someone to help pay the bills, you’ll have company and the idea of having like-minded people sharing your living space is often exciting. Unfortunately there are downsides too, and there are important questions that need to be asked before you allow a relative stranger to move into your home.

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Topics: Renting, Advice, Harcourts Real Estate

How to be a landlord tenants love with these 5 tips

Jul 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

Renting is the smart financial choice for many consumers, but a ‘difficult’ landlord can easily make it feel like the wrong choice, and cause tenants to leave as soon as they possibly can.

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Topics: Renting, Landlords, Harcourts Real Estate, Advice for Landlords

Applying for rental properties: The do’s and dont’s.

Mar 18, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

With rental housing continuing to experience unprecedented occupancy rates, it’s more important than ever to ensure you’re putting your best foot forward when looking and applying for a rental property.

The more prepared you are, the better the chance you will have in ensuring a tenancy agreement can be reached.  

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Topics: Property Management, Renting, Rental Property, Applications

Eight ways to make your rented house a home

Feb 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM Share this:

No matter if you are an owner occupier or renting, we all have an instinctive desire to create an individual space we can call “home”.
Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither is a house transformed into a home in 24 hours. Adding unique, personal touches and arranging furniture and possessions to suit your taste takes time, a commodity that is often a question mark for those who rent.

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Topics: Renting, Advice, Home Tips

Weighing up rent to buy

Aug 20, 2018 9:26:39 PM Share this:

“There are various ways a rent-to-buy option can be structured and equally as many ways that these deals can go awry.”

Rent-to-buy gives cash-strapped homebuyers the option to own a property in the area of their choice however make sure they read the fine print carefully warn property experts. It is also an option for sellers whose properties have been on the market for a while.

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Topics: Renting, Richard Gray, Harcourts South Africa, Tips for buying, Financial Advice, Weighing up rent to buy