Se­cu­rity is the watch­word

The Rep - - PRIME PROPERTY -

Se­cu­rity is a de­ter­min­ing fac­tor for prop­erty buy­ers, which is why homes in se­cu­rity es­tates or those that have state-of-the-art se­cu­rity sys­tems sell for a higher pre­mium.

What about ten­ants? Adrian Goslett, re­gional direc­tor and CEO of RE/MAX of South­ern Africa, says, “When de­cid­ing which rental prop­erty is the best op­tion, a ten­ant should con­sider the se­cu­rity as­pects and the pos­si­bil­ity of any se­cu­rity is­sues that may oc­cur.”

“It is vi­tal that the ten­ant finds out what se­cu­rity fea­tures have been in­stalled to make it a safer place to live be­fore sign­ing the lease agree­ment.”

While sec­tional ti­tle com­plexes are re­garded as a safer op­tion, they are not un­touched by crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity. Se­cu­rity goes be­yond the ex­tent of the prop­erty it­self. “The ten­ant should en­quire about the se­cu­rity fea­tures, such as ac­cess con­trol, se­cu­rity guards on site or pa­trols. Many com­plexes may also have sur­veil­lance.” It is ad­vis­able to ask whether ac­cess codes or door locks are changed once ten­ants move. While land­lords have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en- sure that the prop­erty is in a good con­di­tion and is main­tained with rea­son­able se­cu­rity pre­cau­tions such as door and win­dow locks, land­lords are not re­quired to pro­vide ad­di­tional se­cu­rity, but ten­ants may get prior writ­ten per­mis­sion from the land­lord for them to in­stall se­cu­rity fea­tures at own cost.

STAY SAFE: Se­cu­rity fea­tures add to the value of a prop­erty - whether for sale or rental

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