Residential Tenant’s Checklist

You’re interested in renting a property, but what are the steps you need to take to ensure a quick and easy process?
Here’s a checklist detailing what you need to consider and action.

Step 1: Research prior to renting

Knowing the ideal area/neighbourhood you would like to live in will help you understand what you can get for your budget.

Step 2: Schools, conveniences and commuting

Consider the location of your home relative to your life requirements: Schools, transport, amenities. Commuting is also a critical factor – a long journey can detract from your quality of life.

Step 3: Budget

Include rent advances, brokerage fees, immediate relocation expenses, down payments for gas, EWSA & Internet connections, other loan payments, transportation expenses, food and any activity that you do on a regular basis that costs money.

Step 4: Make a list of what property features are important for you

It’s rare to find perfection, so keep to your list and don’t lose focus of what’s important. Bring a notepad to each viewing and take photos for reference. Make a snag list to ensure all issues are addressed by the landlord.

Step 5: Size

Consider the size of the property if you are moving existing furniture across. Be organised – take dimensions of existing furniture and use a measuring tape to check if it fits.

Step 6: Inspect

Don’t settle for a quick visual inspection. Check if the air conditioning works. Inform the landlord if you have any doubts regarding the quality of the electrical wiring or plumbing. Ask your consultant to help you with this.

Step 7: Facilities and amenities

Try to rent an apartment or a villa that has a pool, playground for children or a recreation room. This will help you save on lifestyle costs.

Step 8. Get organised

Prepare all required documentation that includes the following:

 

For an individual:

1. Passport
2. Residency visa

For a company:

1. Trade License
2. Passport of the company owner and tenant
3. Residency visa of the tenant

Step 9: Be ready

Some landlords require one cheque as an upfront annual payment while others accept up to 12 cheques. Payments are usually made through post-dated cheques. Ensure that payment terms are clearly stated in the contract upon signing.

Step 10: Service Charge

Unlike other real estate companies we don’t charge for services we have not delivered. Part of our core value is to give you quality services for your money’s worth.

After having shown you the properties we have and probable exceeded your expectations, if you decide to rent a property and upon contracting signing the tenant pays us half a month’s rent for the rented property as our service charge.