Municipality tackles illegal boarding houses

2016-04-27 06:00

WITH Pietermaritzburg being the centre of education facilities, more illegal boarding houses are being discovered by the Msunduzi Municipality every day.

Municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said that most of the illegal boarding houses are in Scottsville, Northdale and the city centre, saying that Scottsville is the worst culprit. The illegal boarding houses function without permits and target pupils who come from out of town especially those who come from the Eastern Cape.

“Most of the illegal land uses are boarding houses. However, we do not have exact figures,” said Madonda.

She said that not only is there a shortage of student accommodation, but the city faces a shortage of accommodation in general. “The Town Planning Scheme has recently been extended to Edendale, Imbali and Sobantu. This therefore means that the municipality will also tackle illegal land use in these areas.”

She further stated that proper channels must be followed should one transform their house into a boarding house.

“Depending on the zoning of the property, it [registration] can be done through rezoning or special consent. Buildings must have approved building plans and also comply with development controls as set out on the town planning scheme. It must be noted that town planning enforcement deals with uses of properties,” she said.

However, she said that a house will not be regarded an illegal boarding house if the owner of the house is letting one room or whole house to one person or one family.

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