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Survey for Cape Town Residents| News by Staff Reporter
Residents of the City of Cape Town’s rental units will be assessed over the next two months
An assessment of the occupants of the 40,000 rental units administered by the City of Cape Town is set to take place, according to Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg.
Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements said it was of utmost importance to ensure that tenancy records were accurate and up to date and that those residing in the rental units meet the criteria for doing so.
“As part of the City’s commitment to being a caring and a well-run City, it is essential that those who are most in need benefit from our residential units,” said Sonneberg.
“In addition, we have a large number of people living in the backyards of our residential units. The survey will eventually assist the City in providing, for those that require it, basic services through the Backyarder Upgrade Project.”
According to the City of Cape Town website assessors will be appointed by the City to record the information of residents. This will take place over the next two months.
Assessors conducting the survey will be appointed form the local communities and given necessary identification. Participants in the survey must insist on seeing this.
According to the City of Cape Town the survey will encompass the following:
An assessment of all occupants in order to:
1. Obtain names, addresses and contact numbers
2. Assess eligibility of current tenants/occupants
3. Assist those who can, to register on the housing database
4. Help those on the database ascertain relevant details
5. Ensure the local Housing Office is aware of any special needs requirements
6. Ensure that the relevant policies that guide the tenancies of residential units are communicated to residents
An income survey of all adult occupants to determine the affordability levels of respective tenants and households:
An income survey will be issued and the last six months employment declared. This will then be checked against the information collected by the survey.
Ascertain the existence of structures, both formal and informal, on the property and the occupancy status:
This will include relevant sections of the survey and establish the numbers and demographics of the backyarder occupants. Those living in backyards will also be provided with housing application forms if they are eligible.