How to proceed to find accommodation in South Africa? What are the relating formalities? Find out in this article.
If you are planning to relocate in South Africa, finding accommodation will with no doubt be one of your main priorities. Thanks to its developed real estate network, the country provides a range of housing options for all tastes and budgets, regardless of the duration of your stay. However, you are advised to opt for short-term accommodation at first. Once you are on the spot, you will have more time to look for the ideal home as per your criteria and budget.
Types of accommodation
In general, houses and apartments are available for rent both for long and short periods, that is up to three months. In case you are planning to stay longer, you can choose from a range of furnished and unfurnished housing units. As regards rent prices, you will need an average of R 4,000 per month for a studio and around R 11,000 for a three-bedroom apartment. Of course, rent prices vary according to the neighborhood, area, the type of accommodation, the surface area, facilities provided and the duration of stay. For a luxurious housing unit, on the other hand, count around R 17,000 per month.
Lease conditions in South Africa are different from those applied in other countries. In fact, according to South African laws, the tenant has to make an offer to the owner of the chosen housing unit with the help of a lawyer preferably.
In case you have registered with a real estate agency, the agent will take care of relating formalities on your behalf. You will then have to sign the lease contract by providing a bank statement and a payslip.
The lease contract, as stipulated by the Rental Housing Act, must include the following:
- the owner's name and address
- the tenant's name and address
- the property's address
- the rent to be paid and payment date
- the security deposit
- the expiry schedule
- the rent price following rise
- rental duration
- other charges which will be the tenant's responsibility
- each party's obligations and responsibilities.
The owner must issue a receipt to the tenant following each rental payment.
As mentioned above, it is best to choose short-term rental at first. Once you are on the spot and you have got acquainted with the area, you can take your time to look for the ideal housing unit with regard to proximity with your place of work and accessibility to local amenities.
However, you are more likely to find short-term housing in coastal regions which are more popular with tourists. You can still find affordable apartments, bungalows and houses for around R 1,600 per week.
If you are already on the spot, start by browsing classified ads in local newspapers and offers on the Internet. Feel free to seek the help of tourism authorities if you are looking for short-term accommodation. In the case of long-term rentals, it is best to register with a real estate agency which can help you find the ideal accommodation as per your criteria more rapidly. Indeed, a real estate agent has the required expertise to help you with the lease contract as well.
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Expat.com – Directory of Real estate professionals in South Africa
Rental Housing Act www.miltons.law.za
Private Property www.privateproperty.co.za
Property 24 www.property24.com
Mail & Guardian property.mg.co.za
Yellow Pages – Directory of real estate agencies www.yellowpages.co.za