An analysis of the quality of property management principles in the South African public sector – a focus on residential property

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  • Abstract:

    English: The aim of this paper is to investigate the applicability of public-sector residential property management as implemented by the Department of Public Works (DPW) at national level to current leasing management practices. The article investigates current best practice in leasing of residential property and evaluates the applicability of these practices to the DPW, as the landlord, when letting out surplus residential properties. The findings indicate that the DPW residential leasing management is not in line with best practices, together with inadequate capacity in terms of the size of the portfolio and the requisite expertise to adopt and implement effective lease management of surplus state-owned residential property. Thus the DPW property-leasing function should be subjected to a review and re-engineering of the current status quo with guidance from an independent property-management advisory committee or reference group.