After you have successfully qualified for South Africa immigration, the hard work doesn’t stop there. Even after the process has been finalised you will still have big decisions to make.
One of the biggest decisions you will need to make is with regard to renting property in South Africa. Are you going to rent property in South Africa or are you going to buy property?
Should I buy or rent property in South Africa?
In some cases it may make more sense to buy rather than rent. However if you are not completely stable with regard to jobs and studying for your family, then it may make more logical sense to rent.
Renting property in South Africa is an excellent way for expats to test out the different towns, areas and neighborhoods before committing to buying property in the country.
What are the costs of renting property in South Africa?
It goes without saying that the cost of the rental will depend on various aspects. The area, the size and if the rental is furnished or unfurnished are just some of the aspects which need to be taken into consideration.
However you will need to know that you will be expected to pay a deposit, and usually the first month of rental is required in advance. This is in addition to registration fees and the cost of a reference check.
How does the documentation work for rental properties?
When it comes to renting property in South Africa, the process usually works as follows. After you have found a property that you wish to rent, your estate agent may require a holding deposit. The agent will then proceed to contact the landlord in order to agree on the specifics of the price.
Reference checks will then be conducted in order to confirm your identity and details. After the paperwork has been finalised and everything is in order, you will be able to go ahead and sign your tenant agreement.
Do I have to rent through an agent?
No you do not have to rent through an agent; you do have the option of renting directly from the owner. In many cases people prefer renting directly from an agent as they are required to do everything “by the book”; they are also held accountable to an agency and therefore have to abide by strict protocols and procedures.
How do I know that the rental agent is genuine?
Many people rent property in South Africa through a rental agent, as doing so gives them peace of mind. All estate agents in South Africa need to be registered with the Estate Agency Affairs Board; in addition many are also members of the Institute of Estate Agents of South Africa.
I want to speak to an expert
At Intergate our professional consultants are here to answer all of your questions and will be able to guide you through the process. The good news is that many of our consultants are also expats who not only truly understand the process from a technical standpoint, but who also have gone through it themselves.
Should you wish to speak to one of consultants then feel free to request a call back for more information.