Counting notice days

Counting notice days

Since there appears to be a fair amount of confusion regarding time and the counting of time – which is fundamental to proper implementation of a lease – we decided to re-post this article for your convenience. Whether it be notice periods for a letter of...
Who signs the lease?

Who signs the lease?

Who should the Landlord or Agent get to sign the lease agreement? When in doubt as far as signatures to a lease agreement are concerned, more is always more. The more people that are signatories to an agreement, the more people can be held liable for rental and...
To Refund . . . or Not?

To Refund . . . or Not?

Letting agents often get caught in the middle of landlord-tenant conflicts due to the manner in which the rental deposit is dealt with on termination of the lease agreement. According to the Rental Housing Act an exit-inspection is to be arranged within seven days...
Cancellation of Lease Agreement by the Tenant

Cancellation of Lease Agreement by the Tenant

Lease Agreements are usually entered into for a fixed period of time, for instance 12 months, during this time period it could very well happen that the circumstances of the tenant can change. In the case of a residential property, the tenant might be transferred to...
Refunding the Rental Deposit

Refunding the Rental Deposit

The Rental Housing Act prescribes the manner in which a rental deposit should be dealt with on termination of the lease agreement. It is required that an exit inspection be arranged within seven days after the tenant vacate the property. Should one of the parties fail...
Agreed Terms vs Legislation

Agreed Terms vs Legislation

Many lease agreements contain clauses that are referred to as “clauses to the benefit of the lessor”. These will be, for instance, clauses allowing the lessor to lock out, disconnect electricity, allowing the lessor to give a month’s notice of cancellation on a fixed...