Urban LandMark and the Department of Human Settlements recently developed educational material on title deeds for first-time home owners. The aim of the work was to ensure that first-time home owners are informed of their rights, and educated and empowered to understand their responsibilities and obligations as home owners.
The Department is particularly concerned that beneficiaries who receive government-subsidised houses should have a clear understanding of the importance of holding a title deed to their property.
One of these resources, a short Home Owner's Handbook, has been translated into South Africa's 11 official languages.
"This Home Owner's Handbook gives answers to the questions that arise
when first-time home owners want to sell or rent out or improve their house,
buy another house, transfer their title or use their house to access money
to start a business. Reading this handbook, first-time home owners will be
make informed decisions around owning a house."
"Le ncwadana ikuxelela into ekufuneka uyenze njengomnikazi-mzi ukuqinisekisa
ukuba indlu yakho ikusebenzela kakuhle wena kunye nosapho lwakho."