Sunday, 16 October 2011

Rental : Furnished granny flat in Sea Point.

Situated in a quiet street in the heart of Sea Point below Highlevel Road.
The flat is fully furnished and has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms plus lounge and kitchen. One of the double bedrooms leads onto a private patio. It also has a garage.
This is a very nice apartment, recently renovated and kept immaculate by the owner.
Maximum 2 people sharing. Rental R8000.00 per month. No short rentals. Deposit and credit check required.
For further details phone Jenny on 082 366 8777

Friday, 14 October 2011

Advice to landlords letting to seniors citizens.

Letting to seniors has many advantages. As a rule they are the perfect tenants. They are stable and will stay for a long period if they are happy. They normally are reliable, good payers, quiet, neat and tidy.
It is difficult to lay down definite guidelines in view of the fact that circumstances can vary so much from fit and energetic seniors to less mobile and frail tenants.
Before a landlord commits himself to a senior rental it is important that he familiarises himself with the prospective tenants, their requirements and their circumstances.
Landlords must remember that by renting to tenants of any age group he enters into a lease with paying tenants and that brings about responsibilities. If he is interested in the money only or looking for a spare time gardener or babysitter, seniors probably are not the ideal tenants. .
A few pointers when considering senior tenants:
If they have difficulty in walking the accommodation should have as few steps as possible. If they are frail. loose carpets should be avoided.
Taps must be in good working order and easy to open and close. Access to the bath or shower should be safe. Install a grab handle if neccessary. Most falls occur in the bathroom or kitchen, often with grave consequences.
Light switches must be conveniently located and easy to use. Do not expect a frail person to get out of bed to switch off the light or to feel his way in the darkness to find a light switch. The elderly often get up at night to go to the bathroom.
Good lighting and adequate security in and around the property is important. There are good safety tips on our security page. Click  here to view-
Make your policy regarding pets and animals clear from the start. Avoid animals that could cause conflict. Few things can grate one's nerves as much as the continuous shrill call of an African Grey or dog poo on the lawn, etc.
Seniors normally consider themselves no different to other people and do not expect to be treated differently but with some empathy for their specific needs.
Allways do a credit check. Contact one of the following companies for this purpose:
 Transunion    086  1482482
 Experian       086  1105665
 Compuscan  086  1514131