Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) has announced that it has reversed its decision to hike rentals for its houses across the country.
The state corporation last week announced a rental increment ranging from 80 to 120 percent on its houses, a raise that was described as exorbitant by its tenants. The new rentals were expected to go into effect next month (July).
But in an interview with this reporter, MHC spokesperson Ernestina Lunguzi confirmed that they have backpedalled on the hike to consider complaints by their tenants.
“Yes, I can confirm that we have withdrawn the hiking of the house rentals as earlier communicated until further notice.
“This is in consideration of the complaints by our customers who are saying that the hike was just too much to them,” said Lunguzi.
She added that the U-turn is not connected to the threat of demonstrations by some tenants countrywide who were angered by the 120 percent hike.
After MHC hiked the rentals last week, some tenants protested saying their income has not increased