Rental Housing Tribunal for the Free State

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Chief Director of Housing at the Department of Human Settlements in the Free State, Makalo Mohale. Photo: Twitter

The Department of Human Settlement in Free State has announced that the Free State now has its very own Rental Housing Tribunal (RHT). This is an independent body that has been appointed in terms of the Rental Housing Act.

According to the Chief Director of Housing at the Department of Human Settlements in the Free State, Makalo Mohale, the rental tribunal was created to resolve issues between landlords and tenants. He explained at an information session that the Rental Tribunal has equal power to the Magistrate’s Court  and can summon both landlord and tenant to attend mediation or a tribunal hearing. However, it cannot evict residents from properties.

Mohale told the various stakeholders that it is important for both landlords and tenants to remember that they have equal rights but at the same time these rights come with responsibilities.  The Rental Tribunal is there to help with problems that include non-payments by tenants, failure to refund deposits by landlords and overcrowding of properties. He said that it is open for both parties if there are problems.

He added that they are busy working on getting an electronic system so that both landlords and tenants can access the Tribunal from anywhere,  but for now if anybody wants to get hold of the tribunal they can go to the 7th floor of the OR Tambo building in Bloemfontein or they can bring in their complaints manually. – Sazly Hartzenberg
sazly@centralmediagroup.co.za