How to Identify & report problem properties

1. What are problem properties?

These are poorly maintained properties which are slummed, abandoned, overcrowded, vacant and generally not complying with the City of Johannesburg's By-Laws and other relevant legislation.

2. What are hijacked properties?

A hijacked property is a property where someone else other than the owner or his authorised representative, is collecting monies or rent from the occupiers and is executing some form of control over the property. It can be an individual or a group of people (crime syndicates) sometimes disguised as a managing agent or committee.

2.1 Frequently Asked Questions?

Q: How do I know that I am paying the rightful owner?
A: The details of the registered owner can be obtained from the Registrar of Deeds

Q: What if someone else other than the owner and his authorized representative is collecting monies or rent?
A: Report the matter to the Regulatory Compliance and Special Investigation Unit of the City of Johannesburg
Hotline number: 086 011 1381

Q: What can happen to a hijacker?
A: The hijacker can be arrested by the South African Police Services and prosecuted, upon conviction he/she may be sentenced to a fine or imprisonment,or both.