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Housing Act, 1997

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To provide for the facilitation of a sustainable housing development process; for this purpose to lay down general principles applicable to housing development in all spheres of government, to define the functions of national, provincial and local governments in respect of housing development and to provide for the establishment of a South African Housing Development Board, the continued existence of provincial boards under the name of provincial housing development boards and the financing of national housing programmes; to repeal certain laws; and to provide for matters connected therewith.


Last update: May 2024

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Latest Developments:


The Housing Act, 1997 (Act No. 107 of 1997) has been updated with Exemption of First Home Finance Programme from the provisions of Section 10B of the Housing Act 1997 (Act No. 107 of 1997), as per Notice No. 2526 of GG50719, dated 27 May 2024.


The Housing Act, 1997 (Act No. 107 of 1997) has been updated with Government Notice No. 932 of 2005 – Notice of Expropriation, printed in Government Gazette No. 27684 dated 24 June 2005.


The Housing Amendment Act, 2001 (Act 4 of 2001) – GG 22388 dated 15 June 2001 has been applied to the Act.


The Housing Act, 1997, was added to the site on 9 November 2000, as published in Government Gazette 18521, dated 19 December 1997, as amended by the Housing Amendment Act, 1999 and the Housing Second Amendment Act, 1999.