Landlords Right

The landlord is entitled to pass on the increase in his levies or rates and taxes as monthly charges, only if the lease specifically makes provision for this.

Early cancellation of a lease agreement

Usually a lease agreement is for a fixed period, for example 12 months. However the landlord does have the right to cancel the lease prior to the end of the fixed period.

Tenant’s Rights

The tenant has the right to cancel a lease early by giving the landlord 21 business days’ notice. The tenant must also remember he will be liable for a reasonable cancellation penalty.

Tenant’s Obligation

The tenant remains responsible for the full payment of rent and utilities on the date they fall due. The tenant may not request the landlord use the deposit for rent during the cancellation period.


It is the landlord’s responsibility to place and maintain the property fit for the purpose for which it was let. The tenant is responsible for maintaining the property in the good condition it was given to him – fair wear and tear accepted.


Should the tenant have a dispute with his landlord there are remedies available to the tenant. It is advisable to have a written lease but the tenant still has rights if the lease is verbal

Tenant’s Rights

Lodge a claim at the Rental Housing Tribunal

Tenant’s Obligation

Keep the payment of his rent up to date.

Tenant’s credit profile

Credit Bureaus collect and maintain information regarding how a person pays all their credit accounts, for example their loan accounts, store cards, cell phones and rent.

Tenant’s rights

  • A tenant has the right to accurate information being held on their credit profiles with the credit bureaus
  • The tenant has the right to request 1 free credit report on themselves per year
  • The tenant has the right to dispute any inaccurate information which a credit bureau may hold on their credit profile

Tenant’s obligation

The tenant has a responsibility to make full and timeous payment to the landlord to ensure and build a positive credit profile. This will assist him when it becomes time to move rental properties, or open new credit accounts.

For more info, check out Frequently Asked Questions for tenants

Useful Contact Numbers

Housing Rental Tribunal 011 630 5035

TPN Credit Bureau 0861 876 000