Rental Housing Tribunal

(Western Cape Government)
Summary

The Rental Housing Tribunal provides a free service to tenants and landlords in the Western Cape.

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 Physical Address
 Cnr York & St Johns Streets
 York Park Building
 4th Floor
 George
 7630
Tel: 044 805 8700

 
 
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Its main function is to settle disputes between tenants and landlords.

Formed in 2001, the tribunal is comprised of five members (including a chair and vice chairperson) appointed by the Provincial Minister of Human Settlements, who each have expertise in property management, housing development and consumer matters pertaining to rental housing.

The tribunal is assisted by the Support Component of the Directorate Housing Settlement.

The tribunal seeks to:

  • Harmonise relationships between landlords and tenants in the rental housing sector.
  • Resolve disputes that arise due to unfair practices.
  • Inform landlords and tenants about their rights and obligations in terms of the Rental Housing Act.
  • Make recommendations to relevant stakeholders.

Its objectives are:

  • To promote stability in the rental housing sector in the Western Cape.
  • To create mechanisms to deal with disputes in the rental housing sector.
  • To facilitate, investigate, mediate and conduct hearings to resolve disputes.
  • To inform landlords and tenants of their rights and obligations should unfair and unlawful practices arise.

Other types of disputes dealt with by the tribunal include:

  • Failure to adequately maintain the rental property.
  • Unlawful repossession of property and unlawful evictions.
  • Failure to accept notice and to vacate the premises.
  • Unlawful notices to vacate.
  • Unilateral changes to lease agreements.
  • Failure to provide monthly statements or issue receipts.
  • Unlawful seizure of possessions.
  • Failure to provide municipal services.

Hearings and mediations are held as close to the point of complaint as possible.

Rental Housing Tribunal Contact Information:

Contact details for enquiries
Contact Centre: 0860 106 166
Please Call Me: 079 769 1207
SMS: Help to 31022

For all general enquiries 
E-mail: rht.enquiries@westerncape.gov.za

For dispute related enquiries
Submit all complaint forms, annexures and a copy of your lease agreement to
E-mail: rht.disputes@westerncape.gov.za

Telephone: 021 483 5020 / 0645 / 2396
Fax: 021 483 3313

The content on this page was last updated on 10 November 2017