In anticipation of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, many Johannesburg property owners renovated and prepared guesthouses, houses, garden cottages, studio apartments and flats for rent during the big event. With many tourists back in their home country, Johannesburg now has an abundance of world class accommodation. Looking for long or short term affordable accommodation in South Africa’s financial capital, should therefore be quite an easy task. But with all the options, you might struggle to make a decision. Online property websites would enable you to make a better choice, as you’re often able to view pictures of the properties online. Online property websites also enable property owners to advertise their own properties. Therefore no agent commission is added into the rent. Before you commit to a lease, remember to ask about security in and around the property. It’s a big plus if the property is connected to a security alarm company. Ask what is included in the rent. Your monthly rent might be R5000 per month for a two bedroom apartment. But if that excludes water and electricity, rates, security and cleaning services, you might have to budget for an additional R2500 per month. You also need to make sure that the area in which you are going to stay is within a reasonable distance from shopping facilities and, if you are in town for work, also close to your offices. You do not want to be stuck in Johannesburg traffic on your way to buying a bread. The financial heart of Johannesburg is in Sandton, where the Johannesburg Stock exchange is situated. This suburb offers many flats for rent, and also has the very popular Sandton City shopping centre on your doorsteps. Also keep in mind that the new world class Gautrain could get you from OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park to its Sandton Station in less than 15 minutes. There are also very trendy apartments and flats for rent in Braamfontein, close to the Johannesburg CBD with theme park Gold Reef City just around the corner.
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