How many units are there at Dorchester Mansions?
Is Redcon open on weekends, and when can I come and view?
We operate from Monday till Friday 8:30 until 5pm. You are welcome to come and view during those times. If you are unable to make it, please contact us to make arrangements.
Are the units fully furnished?
No. you need to bring your own furniture. But they have:
- and a vanity cupboard
- and washing basin
- spacious cupboards (movable)
- open plan kitchen and lounge
- kitchen with 3 plate stove and oven
- kitchen cupboards
- DSTV connection
- wooden floors
and the entire room comes with curtain rails.
What type of people do you accommodate in your building?
Working, middle to high class people. We check for proof of income as a condition of moving in.
Is the area and the building safe?
Yes, it’s very safe. We have 24 hour security from the front gate and back gate. No visitors are allowed into the building without signing in or making advance sleep over bookings. Therefore, every tenant, including staff, go through the security; using the finger print access.
How’s the environment in terms of hygiene?
It’s very clean. We have cleaners permanently employed from Monday till Saturday. Bins are emptied every day. No littering is allowed, and these rules are strictly enforced.
Is the building closer to amenities?
Yes, it’s close to public transport (taxis, Ria Via, train, bus route).
- It’s close to Anglo American and Standard Bank
- Close to the BHP Bulletin
- Close to Bree Taxi Rank
- Close to Westgate Train Station
- Close to Ghandi Square Bus Terminus
Does my rent include water and lights?
Electricity is pre-paid.
How much does a person spend per-month roughly on electricity (estimates)
It all depends on how well you manage your electricity. But roughly R200 or R350 per month.
What type of electricity do you use; and where can I get it from?
Our distributor is Uni-Pin and you get it from a kiosk next to our building and it’s very reliable.
Are there other outlets where we can get electricity from besides the kiosk?
Yes there are other outlets. Our office can provide you with the list.
How does pre-paid electricity work? Is it cheaper and easy to maintain and to manage; also easier to load?
- Yes, it’s very cheap as you can manage it your self
- Very easy to use and to load, as there are instructions on the token itself and on our notice board.
- Each unit has its own meter number. No one is sharing with anyone.
In terms of applications; what happens if I’m black listed or have a default/judgement or I am self-employed; do I still qualify to apply?
Yes. You may still proceed with the application, however you will be required to pay double deposit. If you have a criminal record, we won’t take you at all.
When can I move out, do I need to serve any notice and if yes, when?
Yes, you need to serve one month notice
Do I receive my full deposit refund when I vacate?
Yes, but only if you leave the unit as you found it when moving in; And if your water bill is below 6000 litres, if it’s above 6000 litres of water, we will deduct from your deposit. Also, if there are any damages that needs to be repaired, we will deduct from your deposit. The remaining deposit is refunded 30 days after vacating.
What happens if I can’t keep up with the rent, do I get evicted?
Every tenant needs to pay their rent on time. If you can’t keep up with rent, you need to notify the office 30 days prior and look for a cheaper place you can afford.
Do you check credit record; what happens if I am blacklisted, do I still qualify?
Yes we do credit checks. If you are blacklisted, you will be required to pay double deposit.
What happens if I move out in the middle of the month; do I still pay the full month rent?
We need 30 days’ notice to advertise the unit to another tenant, so you may lose the deposit if no notice was served on time.
What happens if I would like to view late in the evening; would I be able to view accommodation still?
Yes, you can come and view. You need to give us your full details, so that we can make you the necessary viewing arrangements.
From when does your lease start?
From one month maximum is 12 months
Am I entitled or obliged to sign a year lease?
If I sign a one month lease, do I need to renew it monthly?
How many months do I pay a deposit, one month or two months deposit
You are required to pay one month deposit if you are employed. If you are self-employed or have a poor credit record, blacklisted, or have a default/judgment, you will be required to pay double deposit.
What is a lease fee, and why do I pay it?
It is an administration cost involved in signing up a new lease. We have to pay for a credit check to be done etc.
I am not permanently employed, but I a freelancer and I don’t have a stable salary, would I still qualify to rent a place?
Yes you may still qualify. But we reserve the right to charge you a double deposit
I am interested into renting one of your units, what are the requirements?
- X3 months current pay slips
- X3 months bank statements
- X1 ID/ Valid Passport Copy
- If you are self-employed, 6 month’s bank statements will be required
For the first month making the payment, I send you the proof of payment I send you the proof of payment, on the second month; do I still need to send you the payment notification?
No there is no need. The first one when you are busy with the application is fine to send it to us. Once you start receiving your monthly statements, you start using your unique reference number appearing on the statement when paying. You can keep the payment notifications, in case of any query.
When making the payments, which reference must I use and why is this important?
This is to help us to allocate your payment to your account.