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Renting a property has pros and cons - and, contrary to what many people think, doesn't absolve you of all responsibility. Tenants are obliged to pay rent regularly and timeously, and also to maintain their homes to a certain degree. On the other hand, legislation now protects you and places the onus on landlords to fulfil their obligations. Read these pages for details on what you are, and are not, legally responsible for.

Legal Advice with Marlon Shevelew

Marlon ShevelewMarlon Shevelew is a qualified attorney. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees from the University of Cape Town. Marlon is a member of the Law Society of the South Africa (Cape of Good Hope  →
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Interest on rental deposits

Most rental agents have traditionally paid the interest accrued on tenants’ damage deposits while in their trust accounts back to the tenant, but they actually need to check their lease agreements before doing so, advises Annette Evans, regional manager of  →
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10 Steps to increase savings for owners, landlords and tenants

Motivation for a greater savings culture in SA by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was heard at the 10th anniversary celebrations of the SA Savings Institute. Emphasis fell on the need for a changed mindset toward increased personal savings, from young  →
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Landlord/Tenant Relationship

The relationship between a landlord and his tenant is often fraught with tension. Just ask the average unhappy tenant and he will most likely tell you that his landlord’s sole ambition is to rip him off and make his life as difficult as possible.  →
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The Tenant-landlord-body corporate triangle

Many, many sectional titles units are bought as investments and the sections occupied by tenants – I wonder what the proportion is?   Normally, the lease of a property gives rise to two relationships: the relationship between the landlord and  →
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Transparent communication in Sectional Title Schemes

Communication is an important factor when living in a Sectional Title Scheme. As most of us live hectic lifestyles, it is sometimes impossible to keep up with the roles and responsibilities of being a trustee, let alone keep everyone informed  →
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The landlord is selling, what are your rights?

A situation may arise where a tenant finds him/herself in a situation where the landlord would like to put their property on the market. So just what happens to tenants if this happens, and are they within their rights to  →
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Think before you rent

Rentals make up a vital segment of South Africa’s property market. Over the past few years, this sector was thrust into the spotlight like never before thanks to the advent of the National Credit Act (NCA) and the recession which resulted in a  →
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Who would be responsible for the repair of a broken geyser?

Q&A with Michelle Dickens from the Tenant Profile Network. Transcript: So generally the geyser falls under the homeowners insurance, especially in Sectional Title you will find that insurance will cover a faulty geyser. That would be something that is structural  →
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When can a landlord withhold a tenants’ deposit?

Q&A with Michelle Dickens from the Tenant Profile Network. Transcript: So the tenants deposit is held on behalf of the tenant, We must remember that it is his deposit that is held in trust and it is there to be  →
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