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By unknown | Jul 25, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

Tenants in Limpopo had reason to smile after the launch of the Rental Housing Tribunal yesterday.

Department of local government and housing MEC Maite Nkoana- Mashabane yesterday launched the tribunal at the Meropa Casino outside Polokwane.

A seven-member committee was appointed by Nkoana- Mashabane.

The committee's primary objective will be to deal with the problems faced by tenants.

"This includes unfair treatment, exorbitant fees, extra charges, cleanliness and other unforeseen problems between tenants and landlords," departmental spokesman Clyson Monyela said.

Monyela said the establishment of the tribunal was in accordance with Chapter 04 of the Rental Housing Act 50 of 1999.

"The rental act guarantees the right of any tenant or landlord or group of tenants or interested groups to lodge a complaint with the tribunal concerning an unfair practice," Nkoana-Mashabane said.

"The key strategic objective of the tribunal is to harmonise relationships between landlords and tenants in the housing sector.

"It also seeks to resolve disputes that arise due to unfair practices and to inform landlords and tenants about their rights and obligations in terms of the law."

Nkoana-Mashabane said the tribunal had to help intervene in the interest of those who are less fortunate in finding houses or residential properties close to areas of economic activity.


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