Residential & Home Inspections

Residential Inspections

Move in, Move Out and Interim Inspections

In South Africa, rental inspections are a legal requirement governed by the Rental Housing Act of 1999, which sets out the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants. The Act requires that landlords maintain their properties in a good state of repair and that tenants use the property in a reasonable manner. The Act also provides for the resolution of disputes between landlords and tenants through the Rental Housing Tribunal.

A rental inspection is a process where a landlord or their representative and the tenant jointly inspect a rental property before a tenant moves in, during the tenancy, and after the tenant moves out. The inspection is typically conducted to ensure that the property is in a good state of repair and that any damage or maintenance issues are identified and addressed.

During the rental inspection, the tenant and the landlord or landlord’s representative will check the property’s fixtures and fittings, including walls, floors, doors, windows, plumbing, and electrical systems. They will also check for any damage, wear and tear, or maintenance issues that need to be addressed. The inspection report is used to record any defects or damages found during the inspection and to ensure that any issues are resolved before the tenant moves in or after they move out.

The purpose of the rental inspection is to protect the landlord’s investment and to ensure that the tenant receives a property that is in a good and habitable condition. It also helps to prevent any disputes or misunderstandings between the landlord and the tenant about the condition of the property when the tenancy ends.

Our inspection reports provide a comprehensive summary of the findings and observations made during an inspection and typically include detailed information about any defects, damage, or safety hazards that were identified during the inspection. It may also provide recommendations for repairs, maintenance, or further testing that may be necessary.

Home Inspection

Evaluate the condition of the property

A home inspection is a visual examination of the condition of a residential property, typically conducted by a professional home inspector. The purpose of a home inspection is to evaluate the condition of the property, identify any potential problems or safety issues, and provide a comprehensive summary of the findings and observations made during the inspection.

The inspection typically covers the major systems of the home, including the roof, foundation, heating and cooling systems, plumbing, electrical, and other visible components. The inspector will look for issues such as water damage, structural problems, pest infestations, and other defects that could affect the safety, functionality, or value of the property.

Our comprehensive inspection report will detail any issues found during the inspection, including photos and recommendations for repairs or further evaluation by a specialist if needed. The report can be used by the buyer to negotiate repairs or request concessions from the seller, or as a basis for deciding whether to move forward with the purchase of the property.

It is important to note that a home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination only and does not include destructive testing or detailed investigation of hidden areas.

The South African Property Practitioners Act, 2019 (Act No. 22 of 2019) requires property practitioners, which includes estate agents, to provide full disclosure to their clients when they engage in property transactions. The Act defines material information as any information that would influence the decision of a reasonable person with respect to a property transaction. This may include information about the physical condition of the property, any defects or damage, the existence of any disputes or legal issues, and any other relevant information that may affect the property’s value. This means that having a proper home inspection is vital.