The rental housing tribunal is one of the many tools available to the property professional in South Africa and when used correctly it can provide significant value to your letting business.
What is the Rental Housing Tribunal?
It is an independent body appointed by the Provincial Minister of Housing (MEC) to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants of residential dwellings. Its members, between 3 to 5, are appointed to serve a term of up to three years, that could be extended to a further three years on the same appointment. Two alternative members may also be appointed. The RHT also has staff that includes inspectors, technical advisors and administrative support staff. It is not a court but performs a judicial function; its decision, called a ruling, is deemed an order of a magistrate’s court and is enforced in terms of the Magistrates’ Court Act17. The RHT has jurisdiction over all tenant-landlord matters and any person or entity can lodge a complaint. All tiers of government, which is a party to a lease contract of a residential dwelling are subjected to the same treatment as any other private citizen when a matter comes before the RHT.