THE decision by the National Housing Authority (NHA) to hike rentals by over 100 percent on its FINDECO building has angered tenants who are requesting the authority to revise the decision.
Last week the NHA announced its intentions of increasing rentals on its FINDECO House property.
It has been alleged that some officials at NHA wanted Zambian tenants to vacate the building to pave way for foreign organizations to take over the offices.
But the tenants have complained that the decision by the authority was not right, as the building was in an awful state and had never been renovated from the time it was built.
Lucky Simwendo, a tenant, urged NHA to improve the standard of the building before it considers hiking the rentals.
“It is just not right for them to be hiking prices any how when they have not done anything to renovate the building; increment of rentals comes about when a structure is furnished and upgraded every now and then,” Mr. Simwendo said.
Another tenant, Sipiwe Lubinda, has called for a meeting with NHA.
Ms. Lubinda said it was important that the authority engaged tenants when making such decisions.
“This kind of increment is abnormal, it is at short notice and it is unacceptable and I don’t think it is right for them to just come and tell us that the rentals have increased, they should have called for a meeting first,” she said.
And Landlords and Tenants Information and Referral Centre executive director Roban Muke said the move by the National Housing Authority lacks merit as there was no committee in place to recommend the decision as stipulated in the Rents Act cap 209.
Mr. Muke said the decision must be rescinded immediately as the excuse given of electricity tariffs going up could not stand because tariff hikes have been revoked.
Efforts to get a comment from NHA management failed as no official could be reached.-Millennium Radio, 90.5FM