The Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) has hiked rental fees for its houses across the country, spokesperson Ernestina Lunguzi has confirmed.
A notice of increment to one of the MHC’s tenants indicates that the new rates apply effective August 1 2021.
“We write to advise you that Malawi Housing Corporation (Lilongwe Office) has adjusted rent for the above property with effect [from] August 1 2021. The rent has been increased from K71,600 to K85,000. Please arrange to come to Malawi Housing Corporation (Lilongwe Office) to renew Tenancy Agreement before 31st [July],” the letter reads.
However, Lunguzi said the adjustment was individual-based, falling on the anniversary of the tenancy contract of each tenant.
“The houses’ rental [fees] have been raised by an average of 21 percent. For the past three years, the corporation has not raised the rent for its houses,” she said.
Lunguzi said the raise had been necessitated by high operational costs and the high cost of materials used for house maintenance.
A few years ago, MHC tenants resisted a move for the corporation to put occupants of its houses on contracts.
Goodnews Mphande, MHC Tenants Association spokesperson then, said it did not make sense for the people who have stayed in MHC houses for a long time to start renewing their tenancy yearly.
“The tenants are not in agreement with this agreement. Some of them have been living in these houses for 30 or 40 years and there is no way they can start renewing their tenancy agreement every year. The people are suspicious that Malawi Housing Corporation wants to evict them someday and offer the houses to whomever they may want,” he said.