At Silver Tree Property Boutique
We pride ourselves on our customer service and commitment to our clients, thereby ensuring both landlords and tenants receive the very best advise and guidance and that there interests are well looked after. With years of committed experience in the market place, Silver Tree Property Boutique is a proven force within the property rental market.
Since 1998 and still growing
Silver Tree Property Boutique was established in 2013, as a value add to Silver Tree Estates which was established by Diane in 1998, and has been seen by customers within the West Rand as a clear market leader in property sales and rentals. Today the team enjoys a well earned reputation and mutual respect from business professionals and customers alike. Taking pride and responsibility for our actions is a key focus.
Today the team enjoys a well-earned reputation and mutual respect from business professionals and customers alike. Taking pride and responsibility for our actions is a key focus for our agents with our motto being
Six great tips for tenants to ensure trouble-free renting
Under ideal circumstances, renting a property should be a smooth and hassle-free process. Unfortunately, like many things in life, it doesn’t always go according to plan. Disputes between rental agents, landlords and tenants are all too common, and can sour the rental experience for everyone involved.
1. Budget conservatively
The cost of living in South Africa is on the rise, which means a rental at the edge of affordability now may become more than you can handle at a later date. It’s far better to budget conservatively and have some wiggle room, than to risk falling into arrears and facing potential eviction down the line. “If you do find yourself in financial difficulty, it’s best to be honest with your landlord or letting agent, as they will be more likely to make allowances if they are aware of the situation”
2. Read the fine print
All of your rights and responsibilities as a tenant should be outlined in your lease agreement, so read it very carefully and make sure you understand everything it contains. Check notice periods, rent increase procedures, and any penalties or fees that may be levied, as well as rules of conduct, and any expenses like utilities that may be billed in addition to your rental. If you’re unsure of the legalities, we recommends talking to an objective professional rather than taking a chance. “It’s generally easier - and less stressful - to avoid a signing an unfair or illegal lease than it is to resolve any resulting disputes further down the line”
3. Check for red flags
It’s not always possible to talk to a previous tenant about the rental property you’re considering, so make sure you check for issues like water pressure and cell phone reception that might not be immediately obvious, but could be difficult to fix once you move in. You should also keep an eye out for warning signs that could indicate bigger problems. A particularly rundown property, for example, might mean a landlord who habitually neglects his maintenance responsibilities. “That’s not a good sign that future problems will be repaired appropriately”
4. Insist on an incoming inspection
Make sure you conduct an incoming inspection with digital photographic evidence in the presence of either your rental agent or landlord. The purpose of this inspection is to make a note of any pre-existing defects that exist in the property, like cracked tiles, damaged fittings, stains, and so forth, so you can’t be held responsible for them at the end of your lease. “Remember, your landlord isn’t obligated to fix these defects at this point, unless they directly impact on your ability to use the property for its intended purpose” “If there’s something seriously wrong, it’s better to note it early and specify in your lease agreement that it is to be repaired before you move in”
5. Participate in the outgoing inspection
You’re far less likely to have strange expenses deducted from your deposit if you’re present during the outgoing inspection conducted by your rental agent or landlord. Bring a copy of any defects listed on your incoming inspection, photographs and any relevant correspondence relating to repairs or maintenance issues that have arisen during your stay.
6. Know your rights
The Rental Housing Act recognises the right of property owners to receive a reasonable return on their investment, but obliges them to look after their properties and treat tenants fairly. From privacy, to the repayment of deposits, property maintenance and the Rental Housing Tribunal, this act outlines all of the rights you have as a tenant. "The best advice I can give to a tenant is to read the Rental Housing Act. It is, in my view, neither too long nor too difficult to comprehend" If you are still concerned about potential pitfalls, consider approaching a reputable rental agent rather than searching for a rental, independently. “A good agent will be able to recommend a well-managed property that suits your particular needs, and you’ll be able to relax in the knowledge that the contracts and procedures comply with all the applicable legislation” “A good rental is one that benefits both the landlord and the tenant, and a capable rental agent goes a long way towards making this possible”
Diane as our principal, she set-up the company in 1998, and has successfully built the company to be a reliable force within the industry. Diane's commitment and inspiration to her customers and team is well known within the estate agency field. Diane will always go the extra mile for her clients, and this has resulted in many people buying and then reselling their homes many times via Silver Tree Estates
Miriam is a dynamic person with a caring manner, and more than willing to go out of her way to assist her clients. Miriam is not only an estate agent that sells homes, her real speciality and passion is handling our properties rental business, this requires a close and trusting relationship with our property owners and tenants, so if you have a property to lease or looking for that perfect rental then please contact her today
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