27 July 2015
The City of
Cape Town has cautioned residents to be vigilant when buying RDP houses, as
there are restrictions on the sale of these houses especially within the first
few years following the acquisition of the property by beneficiaries.
Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements
Benedicta van Minnen said illegal sales are unfortunately happening
outside of the official Deeds Office process of transfer and registration of title.
with the National Housing Act, the sale of an RDP house is forbidden for eight
years after the beneficiary has acquired the house, unless the Western Cape
Government has approved the sale.
added that this is happening without the City or the relevant authority being
often we receive heartbreaking reports of a buyer who has paid money for an RDP
house which it turns out may not be sold as it is in the prohibited period.
Properties that are outside of the eight-year pre-emptive restriction period
can be sold or advertised for selling legally.” Van Minnen said.
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