Property Guides

Property Guides

Constantly evolving regulations, a fluctuating market, and ever-changing neighborhoods. FindEstate is a constantly-moving industry that requires expert insight and knowledge. FindEstate provides the latest news and advice on everything property related for all sides of the spectrum.

In our one-stop property advice portal, you can find:

Buying guide

Buying a property can be confusing and difficult. Get help with your next purchase. No need to swat up on the latest planning terminology, or decipher lengthy contracts. We will be the property experts, so don’t have to. There is a whole new language of jargon to learn, a huge amount of money at stake and there isn’t anyone on your side as a buyer. Findestate experts are on hand to sense check prices for you, answer any questions.

Selling guide

If it’s the first or 50th time you have sold a property, the process can offer up a unique situation each time. If you are thinking of selling a property in South Africa, we can make it a smooth process at every stage. Whether it’s a family home or rental property, our team of experts have years of experience so can make it simple and easy.

We can guide you on choosing a good agent, ensuring the property is priced right and clarify legal jargon for you. Our agents are here to support you to make sure the process is smooth and simple. Let us take the mystery out of the process and provide the property advice you need to get the right buyer.

Tenant guide

Whether you have lived in the private rented sector for a long time or are considering moving into a rented home, you have certain rights which are protected by law. It's important to know, not just your rights as a tenant, but also your responsibilities.

Deposits in Private Tenancies

Most landlords will ask for a security deposit from each tenant in a property. This money is used as insurance against any damage you may cause or rent you may owe at the end of the tenancy.

Before you sign a Tenancy Agreement

Once you sign a tenancy agreement, you will usually be expected to keep to the conditions of the agreement until it ends. It's important that you check a few things out before you sign and don't let yourself be rushed into anything.

Your rights as a Private Tenant

All private tenants have some basic legal rights. Your other rights can depend on when your tenancy started and what your tenancy agreement says.

Rent, Rates and Housing Benefit

You must pay rent to your landlord in return for living in the property. If you stop paying your rent, are late with a payment or do not pay in full, your landlord may begin eviction proceedings against you.

Repairs and safety for Private Tenants

You should report any damage or disrepair to your landlord immediately. It's always a good idea to follow up any reports you make over the phone or in person with a letter so both you and your landlord have a record of any work that needs to be done.

Ending a Private Tenancy

There are certain steps you need to take to end your tenancy. It can be difficult to get out of a tenancy before the expiry date, even if you have a valid reason for wanting out.

Your responsibilities as a Private Tenant

It's important to be aware of your responsibilities to your landlord. While many of these responsibilities will be explained in your tenancy agreement, there are also certain responsibilities which are outlined in law.

Tenancy Agreements

Your landlord does not have to give you a tenancy agreement. But, it's a good idea to have one of these. It means both you and the landlord know your rights and responsibilities. A tenancy agreement is a legal contract. It is very difficult to get out of a tenancy agreement before its end date.

Advice for landlords

If you are a landlord or are thinking about buying a property to rent out, you should make sure that you are aware of all the laws which you must obey. Things will go much more smoothly if you keep accurate records and get to know your rights and responsibilities. Contact us and get advice on your rights and responsibilities as a landlord.

Choosing Tenants

People who are interested in moving in to your property will probably start to contact you as soon as you have advertised the letting. An agent will usually find tenants for your property for an agreed fee, but there are some things you should consider if you decide to go it alone.

Your rights as a Landlord

Once you set up as a landlord, you have certain rights which your tenants must respect.

Getting ready for New Tenants

Once you've chosen your tenants, you need to draw up a tenancy agreement and provide the tenant with certain legally required documents.

Dealing with Problem Tenants

As with any business, being a landlord carries risk. Keep records of any letters or messages you send to your tenants when you are trying to sort out problems. These will help if a legal dispute arises and you end up in court.

Process for ending a Tenancy

You and your tenants have to follow a certain process to end the tenancy. You can end up in court if you, or your agent, does not follow this process.