Mayor commits to transfer Council rental units to Steurhof tenants

As part of the City of Cape Town’s commitment to build an Inclusive City through redress and reconciliation, Patricia de Lille handed over letters of commitment today for the transfer of Council rental units in Steurhof, Diep River.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that the City of Cape Town has embarked on the process of transferring ownership of rented property to long standing tenants in Steurhof,” said De Lille

Some of the tenants were forcibly removed from the units under the provisions of the Group Areas Act and despite their return to the properties some time ago, the City failed to realise their property rights.

“Today I am restoring the lease rights of the 59 tenants that were forcibly removed from their rented Council properties. I am going a step further in starting the process of securing full property ownership for all 130 Steurhof residents as permitted in terms of the Extended Housing Benefit Scheme Policy,” continues De Lille.

With regards to the 59 tenants whose leases are officially restored, she has made funding available through the Mayor’s Special Fund to cover costs related to transfer of the properties.

The remaining 71 tenants who wish to seize this opportunity to secure ownership of their rented properties will be liable for minimal costs to secure such benefit.

To ensure that the afore-mentioned homeownership rights and benefits are secured, beneficiaries are encouraged to sign the deed of sale that the City has prepared. Any other details pertaining to this opportunity will be explained by the administration to the beneficiaries.

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