HouseME values transparency and focuses on educating our clients on the genuine advantages to using HouseME. Feel free to download and peruse our best-in-class agreements even before creating your account.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I search for properties?
What do I need to register?
To register, you will need the following:
- Full name
- ID Number
- Phone Number
- Email Address
- Only ~2 mins time
If you'd like to place an offer on a property, you will need the following:
- ID Book (or Passport & Visa)
- Current Proof of Address
- 3 Months' Bank Statements
- Letter of employment and/or payslips
You can easily upload documents from your phone/computer, which means that placing an offer is quick and easy!
Why do I need a HouseME profile?
Your profile allows you to bid for your perfect home easily, fairly, and transparently. Once you've created your account, you won't need to repetitively send your documents through to us for each new property you're interested in! You can also build up a rating over time to enjoy rewards and special discounts. And you'll have access to some of the greatest landlords in South Africa!
Who is my landlord and can I trust them?
We pride ourselves on our security, transparency and our ability to vet our users accurately. This applies to both tenants and landlords, so we expect every HouseME landlord to be a great landlord. We make sure that a landlord actually owns each property and what's more, HouseME tenants rate their landlords – it's how we're building a growing, vibrant landlord base across the country. You'll also receive full contact details of your landlord upon payment of your deposit.
Who do I contact for emergencies?
For any emergency, please contact our call centre at 087 551 7785. Either a HouseME specialist will be there to help or we'll direct you to your landlord if he / she has opted for this. Call us 24/7 — HouseME is always here to help.
Who holds my deposit?
Not only is your deposit only one month's rent, we also guarantee that your deposit is securely managed. In line with In line with the Rental Housing Act (Act 50 of 1999), we invest it on your behalf in an interest-bearing trust account. The deposit will not be accessed for any purposes other than for repairs at the end of the contract, or to cover non-payment.
When must I pay my rent?
Our system will automatically collect rent from your account on the 25th of every month via a debit order.
What are the T&Cs?
Transparency is really important to us. Our T&Cs are always up-to-date, always accessible and regularly reviewed to ensure your interests are best protected. To download our T&Cs, please go to the bottom of our homepage or click here. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions!
Can I cancel my lease?
The Consumer Protection Act gives any tenant the right to cancel a rental contract upon giving 20 business days' written notice to the landlord. You will have to pay the landlord a cancellation penalty of two months rental payment and any extra expenses the landlord incurs in marketing his / her property. The landlord will be responsible for finding a replacement tenant. If the landlord is able to find a replacement within two months' after the cancellation of the agreement, he / she will refund you a proportional amount of the cancellation penalty.
How does the bidding system work?
HouseME's transparent bidding system allows for vetted HouseME tenants to offer what they're willing to pay for rental. This ensures that the landlord gets a fair price, and that you, as a tenant, are not forced to pay beyond what you can afford. For example, a HouseME landlord might list his/her property at R9,000 per month, and three prospective tenants might bid up the rental to R9,700. The highest bidding tenant will be offered the lease — and will then have 24 hours to place his/her deposit before it is offered to the tenant in second position.
The bidding process lasts only five days, and begins at the receipt of the very first bid.
When is the lease binding?
The HouseME lease becomes binding upon receipt of your deposit.
HouseME for Tenants
HouseME is reshaping the entire rental marketplace, for the better and for all. Not just in part, or for some. We are for great tenants. We are for fair deals. We are, truly, for you.
HouseME is entirely free to use and puts power into your hands by allowing, you, for the very first time, to rate your landlord on how he or she treats you, looks after the property, and how he or she handles his / her rental contract. Register on the website to bid and rent the place of your dreams.
How it works
Find HouseME properties using your favourite marketplace (we use Gumtree, Private Property and others) anywhere in the country. HouseME's listings on these websites are already screened and deposit-scam-free. Once you've found your dream HouseME home, get in touch and we'll register you, verify your identity and help you set up a viewing.
Unlike any archaic rental agency, we allow you to determine your rental per month through a transparent bidding mechanism. We'll also guarantee a world-class digital lease, and manage your deposit which is just one month's rent. Once complete, your profile allows you to rate your landlord – it's how we're building a growing, vibrant landlord base across the country.
HouseME kills unfair discrimination and allows you to happily rent your ideal home; online and for free.
Benefits of using HouseME
- Pay nothing at all. Yes, HouseME's services entirely free for you.
- Pay only one month's deposit.
- Access verified properties from credible landlords.
- Prove you are a great tenant over time to receive rewards and better deals.
- Incentivise good conduct from your landlords via our ratings system.
- Know exactly when a rental is available.
- Take your time to place an offer that feels right to you – no need to rush to put down a deposit.
- Use an easy, automated application process with no duplication of documents and completely online.
- Follow a fair and transparent verification process, allowing for no tenant discrimination.
- 100% deposit paid back in cash for great tenants.
- On-call emergency services are always less than two hours away.
Would you like to download our best-in-class Lease Agreement? Access a selection of useful documents here.
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