Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 1 year. However, a 6 month lease can be negotiated, particularly on a furnished apartment

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

Typical requirements to sign a lease are:

• Valid passport
• Work Visa
• Proof of employment

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 1 months rent for unfurnished properties and 2 months’ rent for furnished properties. Sometimes a separate utility deposit is required.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned after completion of inventory, inspection of outstanding refurbishments, and cleaning.

Outstanding payments for utilities, water, electricity, and repairs will be deducted if necessary.

Rental Commission

Should you utilize the services of a real estate agent to help you in your search, agencies usually collect rental commission equal to 6%-10% of the annual rent.

Payment of Rental Commission

The agent’s rental commission is typically paid by the landlord.

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer is the preferred method of payment.


School Registration

School Fees

Registration/application fee payable when applying. Deposit payable on acceptance of place.

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer is the preferred method of payment.

Additional Notes

South Africa’s schools usually divide their academic year into four terms. The school year starts mid January and ends at the beginning of December.

Private schools typically have low availability particularly in Grade R and Grade 1. It is advisable to apply well in advance if possible. International schools tend to have more availability.


Local Requirements

Residency Requirements

When moving to South Africa you may want or need to establish residency. Requirements include obtaining a work and residency permit.

It is advisable to connect with a local expert to identify any additional requirements and advise on support available to assist in meeting the local requirements.

Obtaining a Driver’s Licence


Typical documentation required to obtain a driver’s licence include:

• Original and copy of valid passport
• Original and copy of TRN Certificate
• Learners license
• 4 passport size photos

Additional Notes

Expatriates can not obtain a South African driver’s licence unless they become permanent residents. They are entitled to drive on their home country driver’s licences, provided they are in English and have an integrated photograph, for the duration of their assignment. An International Drivers Permit, issued in the home country, is highly recommended.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

In order to open a bank account, you may be asked for:

• Valid Passport
• Valid Work Visa endorsement
• Proof of employment / income (i.e. a letter from your employer, your contract of employment or a pay slip)
• Proof of residence (a signed copy of your lease will usually suffice. **Note: Most banks will consider your temporary accommodation as “proof of residence”, as often companies for payroll services require this facility right away)

Time Required

It may take 1-3 days for your account opening to be complete.

Additional Notes

The four major banks are Absa, First National Bank (known as FNB), Standard Bank and Nedbank. All four major banks have good online and mobile banking systems for customer’s day-to-day banking needs.