It is your responsibility as a landlord to apprise yourself of the legal environment so that you can successfully protect your property and your rights. Being knowledgeable about the legislation applicable to residential rentals will give you an excellent handle on what are your rights and responsibilities as a landlord, as well as those of your tenants. With access to information becoming easier than ever, tenants are far more aware of their rights, and landlords need to know what they can and cannot do. Tenants will at some stage test you, and knowing the legislation will give you confidence when the time comes to push back and stick to your decisions.
We at The Expert Landlord have compiled a brief summary of information so you can make sense of legislation affecting rentals in South Africa (all for free!).