Wesley is an associate in STBB’s litigation department in Cape Town. Wesley obtained an LLB degree in 2014 and an LLM degree in Constitutional and Administrative Law in 2015. After completing his articles of clerkship with STBB, Wesley was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in February 2018. Wesley specialises in sectional title dispute resolution, contractual litigation, public law, property law, evictions and debt collection. Wesley has experience with managing high caseloads and meeting deadlines simultaneously. Wesley’s experience includes advising on the High Court process, drafting memoranda of advice and conducting legal research, facilitating debt collection processes (High Court and Lower Courts), drafting and facilitating court processes, advising on mediation and arbitration processes, and managing disputes before the Rental Housing Tribunal and the Community Schemes Ombud Service.

Thought of the Week | Remember The Importance Of Incoming And Outgoing Inspections

Model rental property tenants often morph into nightmare tenants when they move out. Damage left to the property, perhaps also coupled with unpaid utility bills, can wipe out much of the returns that the landlord had hoped to make.

It is therefore advisable to take note of the clear provisions of the Rental Housing Act regarding inspections. It stipulates that as a general rule, a landlord may not charge a tenant for damage to the premises on expiry of the lease if he did not perform both an incoming and an outgoing inspection. This provision is made in fairness to the tenant, who may only be held liable for damage if it occurred during, and as a result of, his tenancy. It is advisable to be very specific in the inspections and photographs taken at the time as these could prove very helpful as points of reference at a later date.

For assistance with rental agreements and disputes, contact the property law experts at STBB.