Government promises to address rental problem

09 Feb 2017 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 09 FEB (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development has promised to find a lasting solution to the rental challenges in the country.
This comes after the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) Movement on 19 January 2017 submitted a letter to Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development, Immanuel Ngatjizeko to express their displeasure at the rising cost of renting accommodation.
AR also notified Ngatjizeko that if it does not see progress on the setting up of a rent control board by 19 February 2017, it will conclude that Government is unwilling to implement the legislation.
In a response issued to AR in Nampa’s possession, Ngatjizeko acknowledged receipt of the letter on 24 January 2017.
“We wish to reiterate our commitment to finding a lasting solution to the rental challenges that face our nation. We therefore wish to indicate that your letter is receiving our attention and we will respond in due course,” Ngatjizeko said.
At a media briefing early January, AR Activist Job Amupanda expressed disappointment with Government for taking this long to address the issue of high rental rates in the county.
AR and government ministers held a meeting in April 2016, where they agreed that Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila should summon the Estate Agents Board to review and address escalating property prices before 01 August 2016.
Both parties agreed to speed up the implementation of a rent control board, as set out in the Rent Ordinance 13/1977.
Ngatjizeko was tasked to establish and appoint a rent control board.
Amongst other duties, the board will regulate rental rates and resolve any disagreements arising from rentals.
“The government kept zigzagging from 2015 to date. It keeps giving lip service to the matter instead of decisively implementing the provisions available in their rent ordinance,” said Amupanda.