Affording a basic Human Right through sustainable and integrated human settlements.
Need a Home?
Depending in the circumstances of the applicant, various forms of subsidized housing opportunities exist within eThekwini Municipality.
Council stock - eThekwini owns and lets approximately 6000 rental units in Chatsworth, Isipingo, Landsdowne, Umkomaas, Wentworth, Merebank, Hilary, Lamontville, Newlands, Sydenham, Marianridge, Wiggins, Phoenix, Verulam, Tongaat, Westbrook and Umbilo. Tenants have been encouraged to take advantage of the Enhanced Extended Discount Benefit Scheme to purchase their units at steeply discounted prices. Please contact your local rental office to enquire about taking ownership.
Social housing – the municipality facilitates the creation of subsidised rental stock by housing institutions. This is aimed at households earning between R1500 and R20 000 per month, who either do not qualify for free housing, or prefer a more flexible tenure arrangement.
Community Residential Units (CRUs)- CRUs provide affordable rental accommodation for those households whose total income is between R800 and R3500 per month. Many CRUs are situated within former hostels, which have been upgraded to secure family units with private sanitation and cooking facilities.
Ownership: All beneficiaries of ownership subsidies must meet the following criteria: • Be competent to contract (ie: 18 years old or older, of sound mind) • Be married, co-habiting or have dependants • Have never received a housing subsidy from the state • Have never owned property or land by means of a title deed • South African citizen or have a permanent residence certificate
Breaking New Ground (BNG) / low income housing: BNG fully subsidized houses are for households whose total income is less than R3500 per month. These houses are allocated to people from informal settlements, those living in overcrowded backyards, and to special cases including the disabled, child-headed households and military veterans. Informal Settlements are upgraded in-situ whereever possible, avoiding relocations.
Gap housing: For applicants whose total household income is above R3500 per month but below R20 000 per month, assistance is available in the form of the Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP). This subsidy is based on a sliding scale – the less your total household income, the greater the subsidy. This subsidy provides a once-off down payment which is to be be used as a deposit to secure a mortgage / bond from a commercial bank. The combined subsidy and bond must be spent on a property valued at no more than R300 000. Applications for FLISP subsidies are made to the Provincial Department of Human Settlements:
eThekwini owns and lets approximately 6000 rental units in Chatsworth, Isipingo, Landsdowne, Umkomaas, Wentworth, Merebank, Hilary, Lamontville, Newlands, Sydenham, Marianridge, Wiggins, Phoenix, Verulam, Tongaat, Westbrook and Umbilo. Tenants have been encouraged to take advantage of the Enhanced Extended Discount Benefit Scheme to purchase their units at steeply discounted prices. Please contact your local rental office to enquire about taking ownership.
More than 230 000 households in eThekwini live in informal settlements. The city is rolling out an incremental services programme comprising:
• Water standpipes
• Communal ablution/sanitation blocks
• Solid waste removal and emergency access
• Basic road access and footpaths with related storm water controls
• Electricity on a pre-paid basis
The City has also embarked on various additional initiatives in informal settlements to improve living conditions and empower residents. These include supporting Early Childhood Development Centres, establishing area based management capacity, and deepening community engagement with upgrading plans and implementation.
Info-graphic developed as part of the iQhaza Lethu project, illustrating the incremental and partnership-based approach to informal settlement upgrading
Improved stakeholder engagement is critical for success in this arena. eThekwini has secured a capacitation grant from the European Union to pilot a partnership-based model of incremental informal settlement upgrading over three years (2018-2020). The initiative is called iQhaza Lethu (Our Participation) and aims to mobilize communities to participate in upgrading, and to create cross-sector institutional arrangements to roll out services and improve living conditons in informal settlements. On 4th September 2018, eThekwini Municipality entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the member organizations of the South African Shack Dwellers International Alliance. The SASDI Alliance are providers of expertise for precedent-setting, community-driven, participative and incremental programmes for the improvement of the circumstances of residents of informal settlements and backyard precincts. The collaboration is for the purpose of improving the circumstances of residents of informal settlements and backyard structures within the Municipality’s area of jurisdiction and that this partnership should entail mutually supporting one another’s efforts, as well as identifying and implementing a series of joint interventions with regard to Informal Settlement Upgrading (inclusive of, but not restricted to, incremental improvement of services) as well as the Enhanced People’s Housing Process delivery of houses.
Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between eThekwini Municipality and the member organisations of the South African Shack Dwellers International Alliance on 4 September 2018
What criteria must I fulfil in order to qualify for a RDP house? All applicants must meet the following criteria:
Be a South African citizen or have a permanent residence certificate
Married, cohabiting with a partner or single with dependants.
Have never owned property.
Have never received a Government Housing Subsidy.
Be 21 years or older.
Joint household income should not exceed R3 500 per month.
Can I sell my RDP house? When you receive a fully subsidised house, there are certain conditions that come with the subsidy approval. One of these conditions is that if you wan to sell the house within the first 8 years of receiving it, you must offer the house to either local or provincial government. We can buy it back from you at the value of the subsidy.
Once the 8 years is up, you can sell the house as a private person. Any sale within the 8 years and without the permission of local and provincial government is illegal. Do not sell your house or buy and RDP house using an affidavit. This is not a legal document and you are not protected if there is a dispute about ownership.
eThekwini Municipality does not sell RDP houses. If someone asks you for money to secure allocation of a fully subsidised house, it is a scam. Please report that person to the City Integrity and Investigation Unit on 0800 202020
When will my informal settlement be relocated or upgraded?
You can contact the Housing Unit’s Planning Branch on 031 311 3283 or your area Ward Councillor to enquire about the status of your settlement. You will need to provide the name of the settlement, the area in which it is located and the road or street used to access the settlement.
We need toilets in our informal settlement as there is no proper sanitation.
You need to liaise with your local Ward Councillor who will make representation on your behalf to the relevant department within the municipality.
I wish to sell my land to the municipality for housing development. What should I do?
Contact the Housing Unit’s Planning Branch on 031 311 3283. Provide as much detail of the land as you can, including a cadastral description, street address, rate number and where it is situated.
Also provide your contact details including your telephone numbers. The Planning Branch will evaluate the land's suitability for housing development.
How do I go about making an application for a house?
The Housing Unit develops various types of projects for example, In situ upgrade, Greenfield, Social Housing (Rental), Rural, and so on.
The large majority of projects are:
In situ upgrade - Involves the upgrading of informal settlements where the land is suitable for development. Subsidies are allocated to existing residents and where certain residents are not accommodated due to them being in the way of services, they will be relocated to greenfield projects. Greenfield - These projects are undertaken on vacant land. Given the fact that informal settlements have been identified as a high priority by National and Provincial Government, a large proportion of sites will be allocated to residents from relocation or upgrade projects. A portion of sites will be advertised in the local newspapers for the general public to access. The public will need to respond to such adverts by phoning in and making an appointment to fill in the relevant application forms.
Is my application that I made for a house years ago to the municipality, still valid?
In terms of a Council decision, housing waiting lists in the former Councils were scrapped with effect from November 19, 2002.
How do I apply for a reduction in my rent?
In order to qualify for a reduction in your rent, your household income must be less than R1 500 per month. If there is no household income, an Affidavit is required. Pensioners will need to produce their pension card. Your Identity Document and electricity account will also be required.
Is the municipality planning to provide rental housing for people in the middle income group?
No, but the municipality has provided assistance to Section 21 companies that develop and manage affordable rental housing (Social Housing).
What is the municipality’s policy on informal settlement on private land?
All informal settlements within the municipality have been captured on our database. An Informal Settlement Programme has been developed to address each and every settlement via an appropriate intervention and within a certain timeframe. This is irrespective of the ownership of the land.
I need repairs made to my council owned flat. What should I do?
You should contact the Supervisor in charge of your building who in turn will attend to the necessary repairs.
How do I apply for rental accommodation?
Rental units are in the process of being transferred to ownership. Few vacant rental dwellings are available and these dwellings are allocated to priority cases, for example, disabled, chronic medical patients or exile prisoners.
I am disabled and need urgent accommodation. How do I apply for a house?
You will need to submit a detailed application to the Housing Unit, along with a Social Worker’s assessment and recommendation outlining the extent of your disability.
I am a tenant in a council flat. I wish to purchase the flat. What is the procedure?
Contact Housing’s renting offices close to where you live. They will assist you and enable you to purchase your flat.