Ekurhuleni warns of RDP housing scam

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City of Ekurhuleni Human Settlements Department is warning the public to desist from buying RDP houses from people who are claiming to be representatives of the department.

It has come to the attention of the department that there are scammers working as a syndicate which is misrepresenting the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Human Settlements Cllr Lesiba Mpya.

The department has learnt that there are fake advertisements that are doing rounds under the pretence of being issued by the office of MMC, the MMC who in turn makes arrangements to sell RDP houses.

MMC Mpya distances himself from these illegal acts and would urge the public to report such incidents to the police.

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Human Settlements Cllr Lesiba Mpya said, “We urge the public to continue reporting all housing fraud to the City’s Anti-Fraud and Corruption hotline on 0800 102 201.”

The department would like to remind the public that:

In the event that one is offered an RDP house without the seller having the necessary documentation (title deed & permission), the suspects should be reported to your local Human Settlements Department and the Police.

Someone wanting to sell their RDP home cannot do so in the first 8 years of occupancy, after which it must be offered to the State first.

The seller must have written consent from the Human Settlements Department.

Once a house is sold, a letter of authority from the deeds office must be attached to the sale agreement.

There is no charge for title deeds.

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