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City secures interim order to better benefit females in historical housing stock <p>Under a now-repealed National housing allocation policy known as the 'Housing Scheme Constructed by the Local Authority', former local authorities concluded sale agreements with married male beneficiaries which did not reflect female spouses as co-purchasers at the date of allocation. </p><p>'However, since 2002, the City has implemented a directive that ensures when ownership of these properties is transferred, it is transferred jointly to both spouses, and title is registered in both names, regardless of only the male spouse being the contracting party to the agreement originally. This directive intervention has ensured equality when title deed transfer is completed. </p><p>'To correct any remaining inequitable consequences of the now-repealed National allocation policy, the City seeks to secure an order amending the remaining historic sale agreements that have not reached transfer stage, so as to reflect both the male and female spouses as co-purchasers in equal shares of the property. The City estimates this may affect up to 12 000 remaining beneficiaries of these housing units. It therefore submitted a proposal to the court on how to provide notice to the contracting parties, and which includes a public media campaign informing the affected beneficiaries of the amendment to the contracts as will be made final by the court in due course.</p><p>'The City's approach is in line with the approach of the Women's Legal Centre Trust, in that it seeks to ensure that during the period prior to transfer of these housing units, the affected women will have the benefit and protection of being co-purchasers.</p><p>'The City remains committed to enabling fairness and inclusivity in all areas of its mandate,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi. </p><p> </p><p><strong>END </strong></p><p><br></p>2022-09-07T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#a4eccbe6-2bec-49aa-ad58-8ed41a372c82;L0|#0a4eccbe6-2bec-49aa-ad58-8ed41a372c82|housing;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb10

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