Renting an apartment, house or flat in Cape Town, Johannesburg - South Africa

Renting Property in South Africa

Once you have decided where you want to live, work or study in Cape Town or Johannesburg you will need to decide if you’re looking for a short term rental accommodation or a long-term rental accommodation (i.e. over three months). Generally speaking when renting property in South Africa you are spoilt for choice: it’s possible to rent every kind of property, from a tiny studio apartment to a huge, rambling country pile.
South Africa has an abundance of self-catering accommodation for short-term rental (i.e. less than three months) with an overabundance in some coastal holiday areas. You can choose from literally thousands of properties, but be warned most property is available for holiday lets only with very few properties being let for more than a few weeks:
If you do manage to find a property that meet your needs, always check whether a property is fully equipped (which should mean whatever you want it to mean!) and whether it has some sort of heating, preferably central heating, if you’re planning to rent in winter.
With long term renting the costs vary considerably according to the size (number of bedrooms) and quality of a property, its age and the facilities provided. Most rents are negotiable and you should try to obtain a reduction. Sometimes an agent will suggest offering a reduced rent (he may even tell you what to offer!). Generally speaking you will find when living in South Africa, South African landlords often prefer renting to non-resident foreigners, who pay higher rental rates.
A word of advice from Foreign Language Placements; if you’re looking for a rental property for three to six months, it’s best not to rent unseen but to rent a holiday apartment for a week or two to allow yourself time to look around for a long-term rental.
For Long-term rentals you can safely budget on the following:
Size Of Property
Monthly Rental (R)
Monthly Rental (€)
3,000 – 6,000
320 – 660
5,000 – 10,000
547 – 1,090
8,000 – 17,000
875 – 1,860
When you’ve chosen a property to rent, you must make an offer in writing. If an estate agent is handling the transaction, he will usually draw up a lease for you to sign (and might ask you for credit references and/or proof of income). If you aren’t buying through an agent, you can ask a lawyer to draft a lease or you can do so yourself, using the Rental Housing Act for guidance. All residential leases are governed by the Rental Housing Act.