What is a rental subsidy and what do I need to do to apply?

A rental subsidy is a rental discount given to tenants who meet the Department of Human Settlement criteria. A number of JHC buildings offer this, however there are many that don't. The rental is only discounted when the subsidy has been approved. The subsidy does not reduce your municipal costs, such as water, sewage etc. The rental subsidy is managed strictly by the government's Department of Human Settlement.

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
  • Be over the age of 18 years 
  • Fall within the stipulated income bands: R1500 – R15 000
  • Have dependants
  • Have not owned property before

Application Process

Beneficiary application form must be accompanied by all required supporting documents and must comply with the National Housing Code requirements. The Department of Human Settlement will advise JHC within 30 days of the application status.

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I am a tenant