How do I get an RDP house in South Africa 2023

To apply for a government housing subsidy, visit a regional office in your area with your spouse/partner (if applicable) the following original documents and certified copies: South African Green Identity Document. Birth Certificates or South African Identity Document of financial dependents.

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The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements is battling with a backlog of more than 1.2 million RDP housing applications which have been on the waiting list since 1996.
Housing development normally takes place within a planned and prioritised process where the local conditions dictate what area should receive assistance first. You must also remember that housing development takes time normally at least two years before a house in a new area is ready for occupation.

To qualify you must: Be a South African citizen. Be contractually capable. Be married or habitually cohabit with a partner. Be single and have financial dependants. Earn less than R3500. … Be a first time government subsidy recipient. Be a first time home owner. Single Military Veterans without financial dependant.
That said, to be eligible for an RDP house, you must: Be a South African citizen. Earn or earn less than R3,500 per month per household. Be contractually capable (which means being able to understand and enter into a contract)

How to Get Your RDP Home

To apply for an RDP house, you need to comply the National Housing Subsidy Scheme. This means you must be:

– A South African citizen with a valid ID,

– Over the age of 21

– Earn less than R3 500 per month per

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To apply for an RDP house, you need to comply the National Housing Subsidy Scheme. This means you must be:

  • A South African citizen with a valid ID,
  • Over the age of 21 and mentally competent to sign a contract,
  • Married or living with a partner, or single and have dependants (single military veterans or aged people without dependents also qualify),
  • Earn less than R3 500 per month per household (so, if two people in your family earn and these earnings amount to more than R3 500 per month you will not qualify),
  • A first time government subsidy recipient,
  • A first time homeowner.

To apply for a government subsidy house, you need to take the following documents to your nearest customer care centre:

  • Applicant and spouse’s identity documents (green book or ID card),
  • Certified copies of birth certificates of children,
  • Proof of income if working, eg pay slip.

You will be asked to fill in a housing subsidy application form and will then be registered on the Municipal Housing Demands Database – this is a “waiting list”. Only once a housing development is completed and if you are next on the list, will you be given keys and a title deed to your home – but it can take many years.


  • It is illegal to sell an RDP house before you have lived in it for eight years.
  • It is illegal to rent out an RDP house.
  • Should you want to extend or renovate a RDP home before eight years of ownership, you need to get permission from the City.
  • If you are disabled the design of the house may change to accommodate the special needs of the person’s disability.

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