Rewarded for paying rent

2016-09-06 06:00
Janap Lee (Parkwood), Elias Bernardus and Daisy Paulse (Lavender Hill), as well as Neville Fisher (Retreat) received a R1000 voucher from the City of Cape Town for paying their rent. At the back is Mayco member for human settlements Benedicta van Minnen.

Janap Lee (Parkwood), Elias Bernardus and Daisy Paulse (Lavender Hill), as well as Neville Fisher (Retreat) received a R1000 voucher from the City of Cape Town for paying their rent. At the back is Mayco member for human settlements Benedicta van Minnen.

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Lavender Hill and Retreat residnets were among 48 who were rewarded by the City of Cape Town on Tuesday 30 August – simply for paying their rent.

These residents live in the City’s rental and selling schemes and each received a R1000 shopping voucher.

Benedicta van Minnen, the City’s Mayco member for human settlements, says these tenants paid their rent for at least three consecutive months. “There are so many City tenants who, even though they have the money, refuse to pay their rent. There are even more residents who would gladly pay just to have a roof over their heads. They also face daily challenges and financial pressures but show us there should be no excuse for not paying rent,” she says.

At the event Van Minnen told the residents: “If you want to stay, you need to pay. If you can’t pay due to financial problems, we can make a plan. Come and talk to our housing office staff. The debt will not go away by itself and we offer comprehensive debt relief services.”

The rental income that the City collects is used to maintain rental stock, but low levels of rental payment and the large number of units that the City manages presents a challenge. The City has started to categorise different types of maintenance issues according to importance. Emergency, structural, health and safety, and electrical issues have been classified as very high to high priority repairs. Medium to low priority issues include the repair of windows, ceilings, internal doors, locks and toilet seat replacements.

Debt relief is offered to residents who have a household income of less than R3200 per month. Residents with arrears also qualify to take part in the draw for the shopping vouchers if they adhere to payment arrangements. Other winners were from Bonteheuwel, Parkwood, Belhar, Wesfleur, Bishop Lavis, Uitsig, Scottsdene, Heideveld, Valhalla Park, Leonsdale, Macassar and Manenberg.

V Tenants who are in arrears with rent are urged to seek assistance immediately by contacting their nearest housing office or by phoning 086 199 7777.

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