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What can I do to stop my former landlord giving bad references about me to agents?

You can approach the Housing Tribunal and ask that your former landlord be stopped from giving bad references.

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How do I go about getting permission to use the curb in front of my house as part of my driveway?

In Cape Town, you can contact the department at 080Β 065 6463 and they can direct you further.

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My father secured a loan with our house and it got repossessed. What can we do to stop the bank evicting us?

Before giving an eviction order a court must balance your interests against the bank’s, and decide if selling the house is the best option, or if alternatives can be found to settle the debt.

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How do I apply for a house in the Conradie Better Living Model project?

You can apply online.

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I am in a wheelchair. How can I get an RDP house?

Disabled people are supposed to be given priority for RDP houses and the houses are also supposed to be adapted to their needs.

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We are behind on the rent and just got an eviction order. What can we do?

The landlord must follow the steps in the Prevention of Illegal Eviction Act.

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My stepmother is evicting us from our late father's house. What are our options?

Your municipality must provide emergency housing which is dignified and with access to services.

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The state is holding the biggest armed forces night shoot in 15 years in False Bay. Can it be stopped?

To hold the authorities to account, you have to be organised, so that they understand that there will be consequences for not consulting the community in future.

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My house's sale of execution and money judgment were heard on different dates. What can I do?

The courts ruled in 2018 that banks must bring both the money judgement as well as the application for a sale in execution on the same date.

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