Q. What is the difference between RDP and Government Subsidised Housing?
Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) is a South African socio-
The programme oversaw many major advances in dealing with South Africa's most severe social problems:
Subsidised Housing – is a programme that affords a beneficiary to acquire a house that is built and provided by the government through a government subsidy. These houses were commonly referred to as ‘RDP Houses’
Q. Who qualifies for a Government House?
To qualify you must:
Q. What are the essential documents that I must have to qualify?
Q. Where can I apply for a Government Housing Subsidy?
Q. How long must I wait on the waiting list for a housing subsidy?
Waiting lists are locally driven initiative and in each municipality the waiting period differs. Housing development normally takes place within a planned and prioritised process where the local conditions dictate what area should receive assistance first. You must also remember that housing development takes time normally atleast two years before a house in a new area is ready for occupation. We are trying our best to speed up the delivery rate.
Q. What fees -
No fee is charged. In the past, beneficiaries were expected to contribute R2 479.00 towards achieving access to the housing subsidy – or as a way “to top up” to the subsidy for houses that were being build using the People’s Housing Process model. With this model people were responsible for the construction of their own house. This model no longer exists.
Q. If I applied in Limpopo for a housing subsidy and is on the waiting list could I get a house in Gauteng?
Yes, remember that you can only get a subsidy once. So if you have not acquired a house in Limpopo you may apply anywhere in the country. However you would have to wait your turn again in the new area where you have applied, as that area will also have a waiting list.
Q. If my husband and I received a housing subsidy and we are now divorced, can I get a subsidy again?
Normally when a marriage is terminated the assets of the marriage arrangements is divided by mutual agreement or by order of the court. This implies that if you had a house you would have received a benefit from the property when the marriage was terminated. If however this is not the case and you have lost everything, the MEC may after investigating your circumstances decide to give you a new subsidy should you qualify in all other respects.
Q. If I am still legally married but my husband and I live apart, could I apply for a subsidy?
Under normal circumstances where a legal marriage was registered you as a married woman will not be able to enter into a contract and therefore you will not be able to apply for a subsidy in your own right. You will have to reconcile with your husband or if this is not possible enter divorce proceedings to obtain competency to contract again.
Q. I am single and have a child, can I apply for a housing subsidy?
Yes, if you comply with other qualifying criteria you may apply. This means over 21 years of age or previously legally married.
Q. Can I sell my Government Subsidy House?
It is illegal for the recipient of a subsidy house, now referred to as BNG house, to sell the house before they have lived in it for a minimum period of eight (8) years.
Yet, experience shows that in many instances the houses are used to make quick money by unscrupulous individuals who sell them within the 8 year period.
Alternatively recipients rent out the houses to be used as business premises, while the beneficiaries return to live in informal settlements.
While the minimum occupancy period may be adjusted from time to time, the current
limitation is 8 years and, within this period a beneficiary may only re-
Q. In case I have already applied for a house, where can I do follow-
It is always recommended that follow-
Q. When I become the owner of the subsidised house, what ownership papers do I get, and is the ownership registered on a government database?
The beneficiary will be registered on the government housing database. When beneficiary receives the house they need to sign a ‘happy letter.’ Beneficiaries then receive their Title Deeds only after eight years.
Q. What is FLISP?
Financed Linked Individual Subsidy Program, better known as FLISP, was developed
by the Department of Human Settlements to enable sustainable and affordable first
Q. What to do with FLISP?
Qualifying applicants may use FLISP to do one of the following:
Q. Who can apply?
FLISP Applicants must meet the following qualifying criteria:
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