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Can I list my niece as a dependant on my RDP application?

The short answer

Yes, if she relies on you for financial support.

The whole question

Dear Athalie

I do not have any children but would like to apply for an RDP house. Can I list my late aunt's daughter as a dependant?

The long answer

You need to be the following to apply for an RDP house:

  • A South African citizen;

  • Over 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 dependants 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.

If your late aunt’s child is your dependant, it should not be a problem to present the child’s birth certificate in support of your application. 

Wishing you the best,

Answered on Nov. 26, 2021, 3:25 p.m.

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