Home > Tenants > DepositFREE RentingDepositFREE™ rentingFor tenants who want to rent without paying a depositRenting isn’t easy, especially when you have to come up with the rent as well as two months’ security deposit, all in one go. That’s why HouseME has come up with a solution that allows tenants to pay a little extra on their rent each month, in exchange for not putting down a deposit at all. But first, a word about HouseMEHouseME is the digital renting specialist that uses technology to make renting easier, fairer and more affordable for both tenants and landlords. Our digital platform helps you easily view, bid on and apply for a home. We only charge one month’s deposit, protect you with a digital lease and secure payments, and connect you to 24/7 maintenance partners. But the best part is that you can apply to rent without paying a deposit at all. DepositFREE™HouseME lets you pay a little more each month and secure your dream home without paying a security deposit at all. DepositFLEX™You can also make a flexible deposit payment plan, with a portion paid upfront and a portion paid over the course of the lease.How you can get a DepositFREE™ leaseThese unique tenant-friendly solutions are a South African first and exclusive to HouseME. They are available to tenants who pass our financial vetting requirements and whose landlords agree to move their lease on to the HouseME platform. To find out how to apply, select which one of these options best describes your current property rental situation: You're looking for a new rental propertyNext steps: to apply for DepositFREE™, we need the landlord’s contact details, so your first step will be to find a property. Once you’ve found a property you like, get their details and complete the form below. Need help finding a great property? You can browse all our HouseME properties on Gumtree, by clicking here. You're about to sign a brand new leaseNext steps: complete the form below and we’ll get in touch with your new landlord to try move the lease over to HouseME. Once your new landlord has done that, we will ask you to submit your financial documents and let you know if you quality for DepositFREE™ renting. For more info on which documents will be required, check out our FAQs below. You're about to renew your current leaseNext steps: complete the form below and we’ll get in touch with your current landlord to try move the lease over to HouseME. Once your current landlord has done that, we will ask you to submit your financial documents and let you know if you quality for DepositFREE™ renting. For more info on which documents will be required, check out our FAQs below. You're in the middle of a leaseNext steps: complete the form below and we’ll get in touch with your current landlord to try move the lease over to HouseME. Once your current landlord has done that, we will ask you to submit your financial documents and let you know if you quality for DepositFREE™ renting. For more info on which documents will be required, check out our FAQs below.Ready to apply? Enter your own info Your first name Your last name Enter your email Enter your phone number Rental situation What is your current rental situation?I'm looking for a rental propertyI'm about to sign a new leaseI'm about to renew my current leaseI'm in the middle of my lease When does your current lease end? Are you currently behind on any of your monthly expenses? Are you currently behind on any of your monthly expenses?YesNo Enter your landlord's info Your landlord's first name Your landlord's last name Your landlord's email Your landlord's phone number Have you spoken to your landlord about HouseME? Have you spoken to your landlord about HouseME?Yes, I haveNo, not yet Is your landlord using a rental agency? Is your landlord using a rental agency?YesNo If yes, which agency? Send message How much DepositFREE™ costs DepositFREE™: In exchange for skipping the deposit altogether, you'll simply pay a non-refundable fee of 6% on top of your monthly rent. DepositFLEX™: Or make a flexible deposit payment plan, spreading your deposit payment over several months. It costs 3% of rent for each month that you pay a deposit installment. Normally we charge an admin fee of R350 once you successfully start the lease, but if you bring your own landlord onto HouseME, we'll waive that fee for you! Available nationwideFrequently asked questions Can everyone get DepositFREE™?It depends. To get DepositFREE™, you will need to:(1) Convince your landlord to transfer your lease to HouseME. This is because rent will need to be collected through our debit order system going forward, which the landlord needs to agree to.(2) Pass the standard HouseME vetting. For example, we typically look for an income about 3x the rental, a good credit record, good references, monthly cost management that's evident in the bank statements, and we will need to have received all the requested documents and info. What documents must I submit to qualify?Once your landlord has initiated the transfer to HouseME, you'll receive an email inviting you to create your own account and upload your application documents. At a minimum, these will include:(1) Scan of your ID or passport(2) Proof of residence, such as a recent utility bill(3) Three months' bank statements, which you can download from your online banking(4) Proof of income, such as a salary slip or signed employment contract However, if you are self-employed, not a South African national, applying together with someone else, or have other particular circumstances, you may be asked to submit additional documentation. For more info on this, check out our support page here. What happens if there are unpaid bills or damages at the end of the lease?Tenants are still invoiced for any property damage or utilities (any deposit claim) at the end of the lease and HouseME will run a debit order for the amount invoiced. Can I pay in my full deposit at any point and stop paying the monthly fee?Yes, you are able to pay your deposit during the course of the lease and the DepositFREE fee will not be charged once the deposit is paid in full.