With the start of the long summer holiday season just weeks away, Western
Cape agents still have plenty of accommodation available - a fact that many
are reading as a sign that consumer spending is slowing down.
The rentals department of the Aida Atlantic Seaboard office, which covers
the area from Green Point to Camps Bay, reports that there is still a wide
selection of units on offer. And for those looking for basic accommodation,
two-bedroom apartments without significant views can still be booked at
rentals of around R850 a day.
Beachfront property and units close to hotspots such as the Waterfront are
considerably more expensive, and can command daily rentals of up to R4000
The office also reports that overall, the demand for holiday homes and
apartments seems slower this year than previously - and that many
holidaymakers seem to be opting for shorter stays in full-service
accommodation such as hotels.
Further along the coast, units for the most popular period from 15 December
to 5 January are virtually fully booked although there is still a relatively
wide choice available for early December and late January.
Deon Esterhuyse, owner of the Aida franchise in Onrus near Hermanus, says
bookings for the high season are often made a year in advance and that this
year has been no exception.
"However, more units have become available for holiday rentals this year
following the interest rate increases, as owners put units they originally
bought mainly for their own use into the rental market to offset their
higher bond costs."
He says rentals for "inland" units in the area start at around R400 a day
and escalate to anything between R1000 and R2000 a day for beachfront
properties during the high season. "But many owners are willing to negotiate
lower rates for the off-season," he says.
Meanwhile units for long-term rental in Onrus and nearby Hermanus are in
short supply. "The limited available stock has been taken up due to quick
increases in home selling prices and leases are generally renewed because
tenants cannot afford to buy their own property."
And the Aida Stellenbosch office, which specialises in rental accommoation
for students, reports that many of the available units have already been
leased for next year. Rentals for on-campus units vary between R4200 and
R4400 a month while off-campus two-bedroom apartments average monthly
rentals of between R3500 and R3800.