• Danielle Geldenhuys

Property in Housing : New Publication from Juta

Updated: Apr 11


Muller, G. and Viljoen, S. Property in Housing. – Juta, 2021.

ISBN: 9781485138501


Publisher’s summary: “Property in Housing unpacks the right of access to adequate housing (section 26 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996) from a property perspective. The purpose of the volume is to reassess how and to what extent property plays a role in the protection, promotion and fulfilment of this right.


The characteristics of access to ‘adequate’ housing – as articulated by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in its General Comment 4 – serve as an organising framework for the volume. It is within this framework that we explore how property law can be used and aligned to implement the right of access to adequate housing as a vehicle for large-scale transformative aims.


Themes that are used to explore the vigorous relationship between property and housing include the centrality of the home in housing versus proprietary conflicts; the extent to which property narrates the conception of adequate housing, absent dedicated legislative reform; and the instrumentality of property as a vehicle for transforming the housing sphere.


The property paradox in the context of the housing clause is threefold: the property institution must be curtailed to make way for housing interests; it must be utilised (with legislative measures and sometimes without) to do some of the section 26(1) heavy lifting – for instance, to provide secure tenure or ensure access to services; and it must foster a culture of regulation by way of the constitutional property clause (section 25), to provide the required access to the spaces that we envision adequate, at the costs that we consider reasonable.”


Partial contents:

  • A systemic, contextual approach to property and housing

  • Security of tenure

  • Services

  • Accessibility

  • Habitability

  • Affordability

  • Location

  • Cultural adequacy

Price: R950.00 including VAT, excluding delivery.


The book can be ordered from the Lexinfo Book Supply Service by sending an email to books@lexinfo.co.za


Date posted: 26 November 2021

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