Tenant FAQs

Displaying 13 - 24 of 24 Frequently Asked Questions

Can I allow my rent to be in arrears?

Rent must be paid on or before the 1st of the month in advance. Under exceptional circumstances you may apply for an arrangement to pay at a later date; however, approval is at the sole discretion of the landlord.

Do I have to pay for any damages caused by my visitors?

Yes; the situation is handled exactly as if you had caused the damage yourself. As the legal tenant, you are responsible for the behaviour of your visitors.

What do I need to do to apply for a subsidy to reduce my rent?

You must complete a subsidy application form, but under the following rules set by the Department of Human Settlements, you must:

  • Be a South African citizen or have a permanent residence permit
  • Earn not more than R7,500 per month
  • Have dependants
  • Have not owned property before

Do I have to pay for any damages caused by my visitors?

Yes; the situation is handled exactly as if you had caused the damage yourself. As the legal tenant, you are responsible for the behaviour of your visitors.

Can I end my lease and move out of my flat without a 30-day notice period?

Johannesburg Housing Company leases are month to month, and we require one full calendar month’s written notice that you are going to move out.

Can I withdraw my notice to vacate my flat?

Yes; you may withdraw your notice provided the unit has not already been re-let to someone else. We advertise your flat as soon as you give us your notice that you are vacating.

Will I get my deposit back if I have moved out, and when?

Yes; provided you do not owe any rent and that you have left the flat in the same way you received it when you moved in. A Deposit Refund Form needs to be completed and your deposit will be refunded after 14 working days net of any deductions if applicable.

Can I sub-let a part of my unit?

No; you can share your unit with another person but you may not move out and leave the flat to someone else as you, the leaseholder, are fully responsible and liable for all charges relating to the property.

Can I change the people who share my unit with me?

Yes; you must complete a change of occupant form. The names of the old occupants who have moved out must be stated on the form and the new ones who have moved in must provide copies of their ID books or passports and a contact number. You are responsible for all the occupants living with you. If they no longer live with you, you are required to inform the building supervisor to disconnect their fingerprint so they do not have access to the building.

Can I change the lease to my co-tenant’s name?

Yes; we call this a change of name. You and the co-tenant must come to the Johannesburg Housing Company head office with the application form and supporting documents. Your deposit will be paid over to the co-tenant’s tenant account.

Can I stay in the unit if I’m divorced, separated from the legal tenant, or the legal tenant dies?

No; the person who signed the lease is the legal tenant. In the case of a death or a divorce, the family member remaining in the flat should contact the Johannesburg Housing Company immediately, produce a death or divorce certificate, and sign a new lease agreement in their name. This will be treated as a new application and the new applicant must meet the JHC’s qualifying criteria.

Do I have to maintain my unit?

Yes; you should aim to hand back your unit at the end of your tenancy in the same state as you found it when you moved in. You will then get your deposit with interest refunded.