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Andile* had heard about a guy who could get you onto the waiting list for an RDP house and then bumped up on that list too. All it would cost was R5 000 in cash upfront, and then within a week, this guy said they’d be in their new RDP home. It sounded like a dream come true! uMama was getting old, and her medicine was expensive. As her son, he knew he needed to look after her. But something was worrying him. uBaba always said if it sounded too good to be true, it probably was. Andile wants to believe this guy can get him an RDP house, but he’s just not sure. Should he hand over the money and wish for the best?
No, definitely not. Andile should take uBaba’s advice and watch out, because this is probably a scam. There are specific criteria you must meet to qualify for an RDP house.
These conditions can change at any time though, and you should contact your provincial Housing Department for the latest qualifying criteria.
Next, it’s important to know that RDP houses can’t be bought. You can only buy an RDP house from someone after they have had it for 8 years or more. If someone tells you to pay a fee to get onto the waiting list – watch out, it’s a scam! You don’t need to pay, and paying a fee won’t ‘bump’ you up on the list! Rather deal directly with the Housing Department in your province.
When you apply, you’ll receive proof of registration, which is ‘Form C’. This form shows the date on which you applied and your application number. To check if your name appears on the provincial waiting list, take this form to your nearest Housing Department satellite office or provincial office. Once your name is on this list, the process has begun.
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* This is only basic advice and cannot be relied on solely. Names have been changed to protect identity.
Date added: 2 April 2019
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