Claims of Joburg property tariff changes spiking residents' rates bills

Claims have been made that the City of Johannesburg is changing property tariffs without rezoning the land in order to spike residents' rates bills.

Department of Development Planning assistant director Piet Conchar says that is a question that should be posed to the Johannesburg Rates and Valuations Department.

But in instances where people have exercised illegal land uses that is not in line with the zoning of their property, a penalty tariff would have been introduced to the property.

Piet Conchar, Department of Development Planning assistant director

For example, residential properties are allegedly being charged commercial rates when they are not being used for commercial purposes.

In terms of the rates policy...the actual use or the potential use of the property can be charged.

Piet Conchar, Department of Development Planning assistant director

But shouldn't the City be charging what the property is actually used for, asked Bongani?

Conchar agrees that should be the case but adds he is not in that department.

I'm not 100% sure as the policies have varied from year to year.

Piet Conchar, Department of Development Planning assistant director

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