Accommodation in Cape Town

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Cape Town has many beautiful areas to chose from
Options for accommodation in Cape Town are plentiful and expats will need to decide on their priorities before choosing the area and type of housing that best suits their needs.

The city centre is relatively small and there are a number of neighbourhoods nestled in the midst of Table Mountain, Lions Head and Signal Hill in the City Bowl. Residential communities flank the mountain on either side, stretching up along the coast and down along the mountain into surrounding suburbs and family-friendly developments. Further away, to the southeast of the city, are townships and the Cape Flats, remnants of apartheid-era segregation.

House prices in Cape Town are among the highest in the country, with the most expensive per square metre rates situated closer to the city centre and seaside neighbourhoods.

Finding accommodation in Cape Town

It should be easy for expats wanting to rent in Cape Town to find furnished, semi-furnished and unfurnished housing. It should be noted though, that utilities are rarely included in rental prices which continue to rise on the back of increased demand and limited supply. On the upside, domestic help is extremely affordable in South Africa, and many expats spoil themselves with this small luxury.

Once an expat has settled on the size and type of property they want, whether they're willing to tolerate morning and afternoon traffic and whether they would prefer to be in a leafy suburb or a colourful city district, they can begin house hunting.

Renting property in Cape Town 

An abundance of real estate agents in Cape Town provide free services for both renters and buyers. In South Africa, property owners bear the burden of paying agents to find tenants or owners for their houses and flats. Agents often aren't as proactive as they could be, however, and it may be necessary for the buyer to carry out a large amount themselves. Still, real estate agencies are great resources for finding out what kind of accommodation is available on the market.

Otherwise, expats can check weekly listings in major local newspapers as well as property websites and online classifieds. Upon finding a suitable place, expats should email or phone the advertiser to arrange a viewing. Expats should note that properties go quickly in Cape Town, therefore it is best to work swiftly. 

Most accommodation is available on a yearly contract, which is subject to a 10 percent increase annually, even if renewed.