NHBRC warns consumers against fraudulent use of its logo

The NHBRC warns unsuspecting housing consumers against a letter allegedly sent out by Cosmopolitan Projects about guarantees on their completed homes.

The letter which has an NHBRC logo distorts the benefits that consumers are entitled to – once construction of their homes is completed. An NHBRC letterhead will have a designed header as well as names of board members at the bottom.

We strongly urge consumers to be vigilant and confirm this by consulting with their nearest NHBRC customer care office on either our toll free number (0800 200 824) or on the website www.nhbrc.org.za. Alternatively, they can contact us via our social media platforms Twitter: @NHBRC Facebook: NHBRCSA.

The NHBRC was created by an Act of Parliament (Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act 95 of 1998) to protect the rights of housing consumers against shoddy workmanship by unscrupulous home builders. As such, the NHBRC manages a Warranty Fund, which all homeowners contribute towards as part of their registering with us.

This fund is meant to act as an insurance cover for a period of five years from occupation of the new home and covers the following;

1. 1 year roof leakage,
2. 5 year major structural defects.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Molebogeng Taunyane on 011 317 0070 / 082 646 8663/ molebot@nhbrc.org.za

Best regards,
Tshepo Nkosi
Manager: Corporate Communications and Stakeholder Relations (Spokesperson)

About the NHBRC
The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is an agency of the Department of Human Settlements which is responsible for the protection of housing consumers and to regulate the home building industry. The NHBRC also offers services such as enrolment of new homes, home builder registration, home building inspections, builder training, geotechnical and materials engineering. In the 2016/17 financial year the NHBRC trained 2638 youth, 764 artisans, 1139 women, 503 military veterans and 1739 emerging home builders. Of the total 2 638 youth trained, 51, 4% (1 357) are females and 48, 5% are male. For more information: www.nhbrc.org.za. Twitter: @NHBRC Facebook: NHBRCSA 0800 200 824