See my previous comments on this issue on this Blog, for example HERE . For PROFESSIONAL legal advice on Lease Agreements, contact us at Shepperson Attorneys. Gareth Shepperson Commercial and Property Attorney 'Phasing out of verbal leases a welcome change' Currently, according to rental housing common law, residential leases can be verbal and the only requirement is that the notice periods be given in writing, but this can lead to numerous problems, either in miscommunication or some conditions being forgotten, says Michael Bauer, managing director of the estate agency IHPC.
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Overcrowding of rented properties becoming major problem Landlords need to crackdown on the illegal overcrowding of rented properties says Tony Clarke of the Rawson Property Group. 'When the number of occupants in a rented property increases way above the levels allowed by the local municipality the property becomes damaged and deteriorates.' 'Furthermore, the atmosphere in the area or the complex tends to become 'unpleasant' and in some cases even hostile - particularly when the unit is part of a large multi-unit apartment complex accommodating a great many people.'
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New bill shields tenants and landlords Two weeks ago, Human Settlements Minister Connie September introduced the Rental Housing Amendment Bill in the National Assembly. One of the major changes is the inclusion of 'maintenance' of the dwelling being leased. It includes 'repairs and upkeep as may be required to ensure that a dwelling is fit or suitable to live in'.