EMM explains council flat waiting list process

“People who are keen on renting flats are expected to visit the relevant City of Ekurhuleni Human Settlements Department office to have their names registered on the appropriate waiting list,” said EMM spokesperson Themba Gadebe.

“Pre-qualified applicants are kept on regional service delivery centre level waiting lists and applicants must renew their applications every year.

“Applicants who do not renew their applications will be taken off the waiting list.”

Gadebe explained the apartments are allocated according to age.

“People under the age of 60 years have specific flats while those over 60 years of age have theirs,” he said.

According to Gadebe, qualification criteria for pensioner units includes being 60 years and over and having an income which is in line with the rental policy.

The qualification criteria for bachelor units stipulates applicants must be 18 years or older and his or her salary must be three times more than the current rental for affordability and in line with the rental policy.

The qualification criteria for family units stipulates applicants must be 18 years and over. If the applicant has dependents, his or her salary must be three times more than the current rental tariff which is market related.

“It must be noted that if a person is earning a state subsidised pension or private pension, he or she qualifies for a pensioners’ unit,” Gadebe explained.

“They would not qualify for a family unit due to the market-related rentals which are not affordable to a pensioner.”

Gadebe said applicants should not be the owner or joint owner of any fixed property.

A Pauline Davis resident, who did not want to be named, enquired why some apartments are currently empty even though there is a waiting list.

“The vacant flats have to be repaired before occupation can be affected,” Gadebe said.

“The waiting period depends on the availability of flats and allocation is done in accordance with the waiting list.”

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