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Rental income key to pay for maintenance, upgrades<p>The City’s rental units are located across the metro, from Atlantis and Strand to Ocean View, and are home to more than 39 000 tenants and their families. As a landlord, the City has the responsibility to maintain and upgrade its rental stock partly with the income received from rent money. To this end tenants are required to pay their rent diligently to ensure a sustainable future for all residents.</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Approximately 27 000 tenants are in arrears, of which 27% have entered into payment arrangements and 37% receive indigent grants. As at the end of December 2019, the total debt owed by all tenants was R619 million</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Approximately 36% of our tenants who are in arrears have not yet entered into payment arrangements with the City. </div></li></ul><p>‘The City encourages its tenants who are living in Council rental accommodation to settle their arrears or to enter into affordable payment arrangements should they be experiencing financial challenges. Hoping that the problem will go away is not the answer and there is help on offer. There are various factors that influence the non-payment of rental, among others, the inability to pay as a result of the worsening economic climate, unemployment and then there are those who simply refuse to pay even though they have the means to pay. The City provides assistance to those who qualify through the Council approved indigent benefits/assistance scheme.</p><p>‘There is, however, no excuse for those who can afford to pay but refuse to do so. Our particular focus therefore remains those who have the means to pay but who simply refuse to do so. The basic challenge is a lack of a culture of payment among debtors. There are often nicer things to buy with one’s money than paying rent or for services used. We are doing everything to nurture a healthy payment culture but we acknowledge that it takes time to do so.</p><p>‘While the Human Settlements Directorate is making every effort to recover the arrears owing to the City, it is looking at improved ways to enhance service delivery to our tenants within the constraints being experienced. The aim is to increase turnaround times and maximise current resources as well as work more collaboratively with other departments where possible. It is clear that everyone has a role to play and tenants must also contribute their fair share so that the City can ensure that its tenants and their families have access to improved living conditions,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi.</p><p>As a caring City, tenants who are unable to pay, have the opportunity to apply to the City for relief. Those who are struggling to pay, are advised to visit their local housing office to enter into a satisfactory, affordable payment arrangement to pay off their arrears. It is then imperative that the amount due is paid regularly, each month, to ensure that the relief granted and the arrangement made is not cancelled and to avoid debt management action being taken against them.</p><p>‘Every rand counts and so we want to thank City tenants who have been paying their rentals or who have entered into affordable payment arrangements and adhering to them. Their co-operation is appreciated,’ said Councillor Booi. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><p> </p>2020-02-18T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#e0403285-4a72-4ed1-a793-2102812da534;L0|#0e0403285-4a72-4ed1-a793-2102812da534|Tenancy and Homeownership Management;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#49db3c1e-03c7-4f05-aee5-458b2f3e71fe;L0|#049db3c1e-03c7-4f05-aee5-458b2f3e71fe|payment agreement1


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