Legal Stuff

Leases can be adjusted to suit needs

By Private Property | Michael Bauer of IHFM+ on Monday, April 14, 2014

Landlords, particularly DIY landlords tend to use a general lease agreement that they have possibly bought from their stationers, but they don’t realise that they can adjust their lease agreements to fit in with their individual needs.

Increase your chance of having your bond application approved

By Private Property | Rawson Property Group+ on Monday, April 14, 2014

Just on 30% of declines from banks come about because the credit bureaux have data showing that applicants have, at some stage, had a court judgement against them.

How to lawfully evict a non-paying tenant

By Private Property | REMAX+ on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Just as tough economic times have had their impact on the housing market and those looking to own property, it has also affected many tenants and landlords within the residential rental market, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. He notes that while some landlords may have tenants who are no longer able [...]

Expect more building failures as South Africans flout regulations

By Private Property | John Graham of HouseCheck+ on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fatal building failures in South Africa, like the collapse of a new Tongaat shopping mall, will proliferate due to a lack of adequate policing of building standards and of building materials.

Make sure you have a signed photo record of your property when your tenant moves in

By Private Property | Rawson Property Group+ on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Advice to landlords has in the last few years been particularly prolific and has definitely contributed to the growing interest in property as an investment – and this is a welcome step forward.

Get your rent paid with Mi-Rent

By Simon Bray, Private Property COO+ on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Get your rent paid with Mi-Rent

While there are a few rental guarantee products on the market at the moment, Mi-Rent offers an extremely comprehensive product at a competitive rate, the likes of which were until recently available only to rental management companies.

Four challenges faced by investment landlords

By Private Property | Get Smarter+ on Friday, September 20, 2013

Landlords are often seen as villains who ask for exorbitant deposit fees which they are reluctant to give back, and who press their tenants mercilessly for rent money every month. The truth is, however, that landlords can often feel themselves the victim.

Buy-to-let property investors can’t be slack with maintenance

By Private Property | Rawson Property Group+ on Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Certain investors, while enjoying the current scenario in which rents are rising fast year-by-year, tend to be very slack about ensuring that their properties – as well as those of their neighbours and communal grounds – are properly maintained.

The 7 “deadly sins” of investing in property (article 3 of 4)

By Anton de Leeuw of YDL Property Investment+ on Monday, July 22, 2013

While the process of purchasing an off-shore investment property may be complex and time consuming, the process of managing the property after the purchase can be demanding.

Paddocks offers access to legal advice for property sellers, investors and landlords

By Paddocks+ on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Investing in property is not without its pitfalls. Any number of glitches can occur during the property transfer process and – as many buy-to-let investors know – tenants can be tricky things to manage. But legal help is at hand.

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