Friday, 04 August 2017

Online system tackles student accommodation issues

 NEW SYSTEM: The Off-Campus Housing Accreditation Program allows property owners to apply for accreditation to house CPUT students NEW SYSTEM: The Off-Campus Housing Accreditation Program allows property owners to apply for accreditation to house CPUT students

The CPUT Residence Business & Risk Assessment Centre has launched an on-line accreditation system which will refine the process of sourcing suitable student accommodation.

Called Off-Campus Housing Accreditation Program (OCHAP) the accreditation system offers students the opportunity to find private CPUT-accredited alternative accommodation and allows property owners to apply electronically.

CPUT officials will then inspect the particular building and if approved may be accredited.

Each landlord wishing to be accredited has to apply online via the Residences webpage and an automated response will be sent to the applicant as well as alerts to the OCHAP.

In order to be an accredited student accommodation facility the landlord must complete the forms and documents confirming compliance with CPUT regulations must be submitted.

Details of the property will only appear on our website once it has been accredited and the once-off administration fee has been paid.

Proof of ownership or mandate to lease, has to be submitted once you receive feedback on your application.

Each advert has a span of three months on the CPUT website. Once full occupancy is reached the landlord must inform the OCHAP office via email in order for your advert to be retracted from the website.

The database on line is updated regularly to provide students with information of availability of beds, see here

Lease agreements between students and landlords must be for at least six months.

For more info on OCHAP contact the Residence Business & Risk Assessment Centre’s Off-Campus Housing & Accreditation Office on the Bellville Campus on 021 959 6154 or email ochap@cput.ac.za 

Written by Kwanele Butana

Tel: +27 21 959 6916
Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.