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Title deeds: how do we fix the system?

There are fundamental problems with the title deeds programme, as nearly half of all subsidised properties are not registered in the deeds registry.

This was according to Lauren Royston, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI) director of research and advocacy.

“Currently, if you are poor, there is only one way to tenure security and that is through the housing subsidy programme,” said Royston. But the programme is plagued with problems such as maladministration and corruption, she said. Royston said that even for those who are lucky enough to access the programme, they have a 50% chance of having their title deed registered.

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