The importance of conducting ingoing and outgoing inspections cannot be overemphasised. One of the most common disputes between landlords and tenants concerns the return of the deposit. The best way to avoid a dispute is to ensure that a proper ingoing and outgoing inspection is attended to.
Inspections are required by The Rental Housing Act and the following needs to be adhered to in terms thereof:
It is important to distinguish between damages and “fair” wear and tear. A tenant cannot be held liable for “fair” wear and tear on a property. A common example is carpets. Carpets have a limited life span and although you can deduct the costs to clean the carpets when the tenant vacates, you cannot expect a tenant to replace carpets which have become old and worn out over their usual life span.
The landlord has a duty to provide the tenant with the relevant invoices as proof of the damages. A landlord cannot merely estimate the costs.
In order to navigate the practical effects RHA we recommend that you consult your attorney or a property rental agent for advice and assistance sooner rather than later. Harcourts Beachfront 041 583 4034.
(Article Courtesy: Kaplan Blumberg)