Verbal lease agreements – Are they even valid? Many people incorrectly believe that verbal lease agreements are not binding contracts. Verbal lease agreements are actually valid legal contracts but it is always recommended that all lease agreements become signed contracts between a landlord and tenant. This is a sensible solution, as it removes any possible […]
The Rental Housing Tribunal manages complaints from both landlords and tenants and will intervene, mediate and seek resolution on any issues submitted to them. It only deals with matters relating to residential properties, however, and not commercial rentals.
Last week we looked at the Expropriation Bill 2015 and what it means for property owners. In the second part of this article we deal with an aspect beset by controversy – compensation: how much and when. How is compensation determined? What is ‘just and equitable’? How and when will compensation be paid? It’s worth […]
The word ‘expropriation’ sends a shiver down the spine of many property owners and so the Expropriation Bill, passed by the National Assembly in May 2016, has attracted a great deal of attention. Just what is ‘expropriation’? Very simply, it is the taking of privately owned property by government (the expropriating authority) for the public […]
We recently wrote about the Rental Housing Amendment Act 35 of 2014, still to be gazetted. It seems the article has focused the minds of our clients and we’ve had requests for more information on what the Amendment Act means for both landlords and tenants. So we will set out here what we see as […]