Landlord kicks family of eight out on New Year's Day

01 Jan 2014 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JAN (NAMPA) - A family of eight was kicked out of their rented home in Windhoek’s Otjomuise residential area by their landlord on New Year’s Day.
The couple - Katrina and Rudolf Mouers – told Nampa they were woken up by their landlord, whose name is being withheld, at around 04h00 Wednesday morning and chased out into the street with their children.
The couple say they do not understand why they were kicked out – allegedly without prior warning - as their rent is up to date.
The couple, their five children and a toddler arrived at home from Rehoboth on New Year's Eve.
They say were woken up in the early morning hours by their landlord, his brother and an employee.
Katrina Mouers told this news agency the landlord was allegedly drunk, and he had his sister’s bulldog with him which he used to intimidate them before chasing them out and locking the gate behind them.
“They removed our belongings from the house and put it out in the street, claiming that we have not paid our rent, but we have. Our rent is up to date,” she said.
Mouers said they have been living at the house in Amsterdam Street for six months now.
“We called the police and an officer only attended to us at around 06h00. He advised us to get a lawyer because there is not much the police can do for us,” she said.
The family indicated that they were shocked at the manner in which the landlord treated them, using a dog to intimidate them instead of giving them proper notice to evict the premises if he wanted them out.
“They even broke some of our furniture like our wardrobe,” Mouers said.
Her husband said they are at a loss as to what to do after the incident.
“Perhaps the next step will be to find ourselves another place to live,” Rudolf Mouers said.
The landlord could not be reached for comment.