Resident deposit loans are paid directly to the housing organisation.
As a general rule, you do not have to pay interest or make repayments on the loan for the first 5 years of the term of the loan.
Once the first 5 years have passed, the interest on the loan begins and you need to start paying back the loan over a period of time. The interest rate is currently 4.5 per cent of the outstanding balance at any time. The repayment period depends on the type of accommodation in which you live:
- If you live in a flat, you must repay the loan within 10 years.
- If you live in a single room, you must repay the loan within 5 years.
When you move out of your home, the housing association must repay the resident deposit to the municipality, which will then settle the resident deposit loan with you.
Contact the municipality if you want to know more about repaying resident deposit loans.