South Africa's rental yields are good to excellent

Residential Valuation Specialist | November 22, 2022

Last Updated: Oct. 26, 2022
JOHANNESBURG - Apartments COST ($) YIELD (p.a.)
TO BUY MONTHLY RENT
Sandton
Studio $36,324 $380 12.55%
1-Bedroom $48,739 $434 10.69%
2-Bedroom $70,425 $623 10.62%
3-Bedroom $103,529 $840 9.74%
4+Bedroom $208,236 $1,735 10.00%
Fourways
1-Bedroom $42,288 $326 9.25%
2-Bedroom $51,992 $455 10.50%
Rosebank
1-Bedroom $128,218 $651 6.09%
2-Bedroom $173,187 $922 6.39%
3-Bedroom $220,595 $2,169 11.80%
Johannesburg CBD
Studio $22,770 $183 9.64%
1-Bedroom $20,602 $198 11.53%
2-Bedroom $40,932 $279 8.18%
Johannesburg South
1-Bedroom $25,345 $190 9.00%
2-Bedroom $40,932 $336 9.85%
3-Bedroom $59,582 $386 7.77%
Bedfordview
1-Bedroom $36,731 $407 13.30%
2-Bedroom $67,769 $651 11.53%
3-Bedroom $108,159 $962 10.67%
Randburg
1-Bedroom $33,884 $325 11.51%
2-Bedroom $35,240 $390 13.28%
3-Bedroom $78,341 $523 8.01%
Northcliff
1-Bedroom $21,144 $314 17.82%
2-Bedroom $37,896 $378 11.97%
Johannesburg avg. Rental Yields 10.49%
CAPE TOWN - Apartments COST ($) YIELD (p.a.)
TO BUY MONTHLY RENT
Cape Town City Bowl
Studio $81,322 $434 6.40%
1-Bedroom $100,298 $488 5.84%
2-Bedroom $138,248 $613 5.32%
3-Bedroom $406,612 $867 2.56%
Atlantic Seaboard
Studio $135,266 $556 4.93%
1-Bedroom $135,266 $702 6.23%
2-Bedroom $246,678 $976 4.75%
3-Bedroom $470,857 $2,223 5.67%
Southern Suburbs
Studio $62,347 $305 5.87%
1-Bedroom $67,679 $380 6.73%
2-Bedroom $92,057 $569 7.42%
3-Bedroom $129,845 $867 8.01%
Milnerton
Studio $75,630 $434 6.89%
1-Bedroom $69,124 $445 7.73%
2-Bedroom $96,503 $531 6.60%
3-Bedroom $155,841 $903 6.96%
Tableview
1-Bedroom $59,365 $380 7.68%
2-Bedroom $92,165 $515 6.71%
3-Bedroom $216,806 $773 4.28%
Bellville
1-Bedroom $38,764 $312 9.66%
2-Bedroom $70,208 $461 7.88%
3-Bedroom $94,578 $621 7.88%
Cape Town avg. Rental Yields 6.45%
DURBAN - Apartments COST ($) YIELD (p.a.)
TO BUY MONTHLY RENT
Umhlanga
Studio $69,124 $407 7.07%
1-Bedroom $71,835 $515 8.60%
2-Bedroom $119,110 $705 7.10%
3-Bedroom $216,318 $1,193 6.62%
4+Bedroom $294,116 $1,301 5.31%
Durban Central
Studio $18,975 $195 12.33%
1-Bedroom $26,836 $259 11.58%
2-Bedroom $37,679 $346 11.02%
Amanzimtoti
Studio $22,309 $266 14.31%
1-Bedroom $37,002 $352 11.42%
2-Bedroom $49,065 $434 10.61%
3-Bedroom $84,575 $623 8.84%
Pinetown
1-Bedroom $32,529 $298 10.99%
2-Bedroom $39,306 $367 11.20%
3-Bedroom $52,290 $461 10.58%
Durban avg. Rental Yields 9.84%
CENTURION - Apartments COST ($) YIELD (p.a.)
TO BUY MONTHLY RENT
Centurion (all locations)
1-Bedroom $32,421 $301 11.40%
2-Bedroom $42,803 $367 10.29%
3-Bedroom $73,190 $537 8.80%
Centurion avg. Rental Yields 10.08%
KZN SOUTH COAST - Apartments COST ($) YIELD (p.a.)
TO BUY MONTHLY RENT
KZN South Coast (all locations)
Studio $22,770 $163 8.59%
1-Bedroom $28,734 $251 10.48%
2-Bedroom $43,372 $367 10.15%
3-Bedroom $70,208 $515 8.80%
4+Bedroom $87,828 $602 8.23%
KZN South Coast avg. Rental Yields 9.25%
DOLPHIN COAST - Apartments COST ($) YIELD (p.a.)
TO BUY MONTHLY RENT
Ilembe
Studio $46,083 $173 4.50%
1-Bedroom $62,347 $447 8.60%
2-Bedroom $93,250 $623 8.02%
3-Bedroom $155,732 $895 6.90%
4+Bedroom $238,275 $1,342 6.76%
Dolphin Coast avg. Rental Yields 6.96%
All yields are gross - i.e., before taxes, repair costs, ground rents, estate agents fees, and any other costs. Net yields (what you´ll really earn) are typically around 1.5% to 2% lower.
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South Africa offers good to excellent rental yields in its large cities, especially on smaller apartments.

Gross rental yields for Johannesburg apartments, i.e., the gross rental return on a property if fully rented out, are very good, ranging from 7.77% to 17.82% with an average of 10.49%.

Gross rental yields on apartments in Cape Town range from 2.56% to 9.66% with a city average of 6.45%.

In Cape Town is the most popular tourist destination in Africa. Its amazing beaches and weather are ideal for retirees and foreign property buyers. Atlantic Seaboard properties are among the most sought-after because of the beaches and cliffs - upscale neighborhoods like Bakoven, Bantry Bay, Camps, Clifton, Fresnaye, Green Point, and Mouille Point. Some houses nestled on cliffs have sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. City Bowl, which includes the central business district of Cape Town, is another upscale residential suburb. It is one of the most stable residential markets in Cape Town, because of its prime central location and vibrant cosmopolitan lifestyle.

Other cities and areas produce also very strong rental yields. In Durban, the rental yields range between 5.31% to 14.31%, Pretoria produces yields between 8.80% to 11.14%, KZN South Coast can yield from 8.23% to 10.48%, and Dolphin Coast yields are between 4.50% to 8.60%.