Security is the watchword
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