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title deeds: HRT
this article on The Zimbabwean website
Trust has appealed to the City Council to accommodate long-serving
occupants of council houses by offering them title deeds through
an ownership scheme.
Many houses in high density
areas like Mabvuku, Chizhanje, Tafara, Mbare, Highfield, Mufakose
and Dzivarasekwa are owned by the council and have been occupied
by the same residents for more than 25 years.
According to HRT, the
Ownership Scheme would allow tenants to buy a house over a period
of time, with an agreement being made between the buyer and the
local authority. Tenants would either make part payment to the council
or purchase the house through a rent-to-buy model.
"HRT notes an increasing
number of households across Harare that have not obtained title
deeds to their properties, yet residents have been occupants for
periods in excess of 25 years. This is grossly unfair considering
that the residents have been paying rates to the council for years,"
said Onismo Mushonga, HRT Residents Council Chairperson.
Leslie Gwindi, told The Zimbabwean that the houses would remain
council property to accommodate other generations.
"It does not make
sense for the council to sell the houses because we have many generations
that will occupy those houses in future. The current tenants are
even struggling to pay council rates so how will they be able to
buy the houses?" said Gwindi.
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