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Thursday Aug 02, 2018

Don't let a relative keep you on a string

Home owners who decide to sell often get expressions of interest from friends or family members, but they shouldn't let these distract them from their marketing plans.

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Monday Jul 23, 2018

Cape Town rentals becoming more affordable

An increase in To Let signs is being seen in Cape Town's city centre, which has enjoyed a property boom for a decade.

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Estate agents see increase in illegal sub-letting

The desire to make a quick buck is leading to an increase in illegal sub-letting, in which tenants rent rooms in their homes to other parties and pocket the difference in rent.

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'Pop-up party venues leading to lawlessness in complexes'

Increasing acts of lawlessness are allegedly emerging in residential complexes in Cape Town. Short-term guests are apparently bringing sex workers into flats they rent for a few days or having pop-up parties which drive longterm residents crazy.

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Wednesday Jul 18, 2018

Cape Town apartments getting cheaper

The supply of apartments in central Cape Town is increasing and the rents are getting cheaper.

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Monday Jul 16, 2018

A landlord's guide to following up on late payments

When you've screened a tenant thoroughly and built a clause into the rental agreement that stipulated that any late payments would accrue interest payable on the following month's rent you would imagine that everything should be in order.

However, what do you do when your tenant is still late on his/her payments?

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Is it better to restore or repair a heritage home?

Many owners of heritage or period properties opt for careful restoration to return things to as-built condition. According to David Jacobs of the Rawson Property Group, this is not only a very costly option, in certain circumstances it can actually diminish the value of the home.

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Monday Jul 09, 2018

Consumer pressure hits property market

Landlords, tenants and homeowners have not been left unscathed in the wake of petrol price increases, a stagnant economy and impending municipal rate hikes.

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Fire-retardant homes under development

Shack fires are commonplace in South Africa, and are one of the major problems facing informal settlements, often leading to death and leaving people homeless.

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Friday Jul 06, 2018

Check rules, finances and levies when buying Sectional Title

If you are thinking of buying into an apartment building or other Sectional Title (ST) complex, it's vital that you read and understand the Conduct Rules of that particular complex before you sign any offer to purchase.

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