Almost 60 buildings here ‘a problem’

2016-03-22 06:00

There are 57 problem buildings in the subcouncil 16 area in various stages of investigation.

This was discussed at a recent Good Hope Subcouncil meeting, during a presentation by the City of Cape Town’s problem buildings unit.

The unit works on derelict and vandalised buildings across the city.

Of the 57 cases, 21 investigations have been completed and seven owners have been issued with compliance notices. Another 10 property owners have been issued notices of intended inspection and five properties will still receive notices to declare the buildings as problem buildings.

Thirty-six of the current cases are located in the CBD and surrounds. The remaining 21 are on the Atlantic Seaboard, between Green Point and Camps Bay. Some of the buildings have heritage status.

During the presentation, the difference between a problem building and “a building with problems” was discussed.

Problem buildings are buildings abandoned by the owner, appearing derelict or overcrowded, with health concerns, where written complaints of criminal activity have been received. Problem buildings may also be declared where there is prostitution and drug dealing, illegal occupation, an accumulation of waste or a threat to the safety of the public.

However, issues such as overgrown vegetation, unpainted buildings, derelict cars on the property, unlawful business and land invasion do not fall under problem buildings.

Incomplete buildings, rat infestations and loud noises also do not fall under the work of the problem buildings unit.

When a building is declared a problem building, a tariff of R5000 per month is added onto the rates account for the property.

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