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Tips for placing an effective rental advert

Step one: Pointers for taking great photos of your property Since we don’t find you a tenant, we thought we would write a series of articles to help you to successfully find a suitable tenant for your property. If you plan to place your own advert in one of the many online property sites, it’s […]

Beware the debt mule

    At RentMaster we have seen an increase in couples living well beyond their means and duping landlords by keeping one partner’s credit rating “squeaky clean” while allowing the other’s credit rating to become besmirched.  When applying to rent a a property, Mr Squeaky-Clean supplies his details, but it’s actually Mrs Besmirched who signs […]

Landlords, these are the best performing rental markets

While it might all seem like doom and gloom with regards to the economy, savvy property investors who target the right areas can still get excellent returns. We all react to economic stress in a different way. Some of us avoid reality in an attempt to ride an invisible wave above what is while others feed […]

How long does it take to assess prospective tenant?

Unsurprisingly, the answer to this question is: it depends. If a landlord has provided us with the tenant’s complete and up-to-date information and we are able to contact all their references, we are usually able to conclude the profiling and vetting within 48 hours or less. Delays are most often caused by incomplete or outdated […]

Prescreen your tenants and save time and money

When we screen a potential tenant, our first step is to draw a TPN report to assess the tenant’s historic payment profile. TPN is a registered credit bureau, a company that provides consumer credit information on individuals which helps you to assess a tenant’s credit worthiness. If you’re in a hurry to place a tenant […]

Rental guarantee vs deposit guarantee

We are often asked how RentMaster’s rental guarantee differs from a deposit guarantee, and by implication, which one is better. A deposit guarantee is an insurance product that makes it possible for tenants – who actually cannot afford the deposit – to take occupancy, typically at an extra 10% of the rental amount. From the […]

The “PIE Act”: It’s all about following the procedures

No property owner ever wants to evict a tenant, but if ever you find yourself in this situation, it would be wise to acquaint yourself with the The Prevention of Illegal Eviction and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act of 1998 (“PIE Act”). We asked Sonja Wijnja, RentMaster’s legal officer to break it down for us. […]

A landlord’s view of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA)

We spoke to Sonja Wijnja, RentMaster’s legal adviser, to give us some insight into the CPA and how it affects landlords. The CPA regulates the marketing and provision of goods and services to consumers and protects them against unfair practices previously used by some service providers. In the context of property rental, a tenant is the […]

The Rental Housing Act & your rights as property owner​

The most important laws governing the relationship between landlords and tenants are: The Rental Housing Act (RHA) The Prevention of Illegal Eviction and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act (PIE) and The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) These three laws attempt to balance the often-conflicting interests of the property owner and the tenant and establish a legal […]