Once you have made your application, it is important to know its status – which means you need to know how to check your RDP house online.
Luckily, this process is easy and straightforward as long you have your ID number and an internet connection. This article will also outline other ways of checking your RDP house status.
How to check your RDP house online
To check your RDP house online, simply visit the Housing Subsidy Portal (HSS) here. Next, find the “My Housing Subsidy” heading and enter your ID Number in the box to see the status of your application.
According to the Department of Human Settlements (DHS), the waiting period is dependent on several factors, but it can take years for an applicant to know the outcome.
“Waiting lists are locally driven initiative and in each municipality the waiting period differs. Housing development normally takes place within a planned and prioritised process where the local conditions dictate what area should receive assistance first,” DHS says on its frequently asked questions page.
“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. We are trying our best to speed up the delivery rate.”
There are three other ways of checking your housing status:
- Visiting your nearest provincial housing office along with your Form C. Officials will then check your application’s status on the database.
- Sending your ID number via SMS to 44108. You will then receive an automated reply indicating your status.
- Calling DHS via toll-free number 0800 146 873 or 012 421 1915. Alternatively, you can email the Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to apply for RDP house
To apply for an RDP house, you need to visit your local municipality or provincial department of human settlements with your spouse or partner (if applicable).
You will be required to provide the following documents:
- South African identity document.
- Birth certificates or South African identity document of financial dependents.
- For deceased spouse – death certificate.
- Spouse’s South African Identity document if married.
- Marriage certificate (if married).
- Certificate of customary marriage issued by the Department of Home Affairs (if applicable).
- Divorce decree if divorced.
- Payslip if working or letter employment where payslip are not issued.
- Proof of disability from a registered medical practitioner (if applicable).
Before making your application, make sure you comply with the National Housing Subsidy Scheme (HSS) requirements. The first is that you must be a South African citizen or permanent resident who earns between R0 and R3,501 per month, per household.
Other requirements include:
- Be contractually capable i.e., be able to sign a contract.
- Be married or habitually cohabit with a partner.
- Be single and have financial dependants.
- Be a first-time government subsidy recipient.
- Be a first-time home owner.
- Single Military Veterans without financial dependant.
In case you do not qualify for an RDP house, there are other options to consider such as the Financed Linked Individual Subsidy Program (FLISP). Read this article here to learn more about it.