I WRITE in response the article “Tenants told to document allegations” in last Wednesday’s The National.
I agree with the evicted tenants’ comments that the National Housing Corporation’s (NHC) Lae office having no proper systems of accountability for receiving rental payments, which, unfortunately, are being allowed to be paid in cash at the NHC Lae office.
There appears to be no recognised cash office within the Lae office, so where are all the cash collections going?
There is no evidence of whether these monies are banked.
I believe that is why tenants are reluctant to pay cash to the NHC officials here in Lae because they are not given receipts of payments.
Such practices mount to corruption and daylight robbery.
Tenants should be properly referred to the recognised cash office to pay their rentals and other fees.
I question the motive behind the eviction exercises undertaken by NHC officials at this time of the national isolation period.
I am not sure if the NHC officials in Lae are aware that these duplexes/flats, together with others at Chinatown, 7th Street, Half Street, Papuan Compound, Jawani Street, Bundi Camp to name a few, are declared special category of houses which should have by now given away to the current tenants.
The NHC officials should have just arranged for the properties to have been declared as special category of houses (low-cost housing give away schemes), under their names.
This will then allow the tenants to pay off their houses.
I believe that NHC officials have already been paid by an individual or a company who wants to occupy the property.
In recent years, NHC officials in Lae have illegally been involved in selling properties to strangers, often to the detriment of the legal tenants, most of whom have been occupants for over 30 years.
There a number of clear instances where complete outsiders and non-occupants have corruptly obtained lease titles to the properties which were occupied by tenants with active binding tenancy agreements.
These fraudsters have even gone as far as the courts by unashamedly attempting to legitimise their corrupt and fraudulent practices.
This points out the corrupt deals that is common among NHC officials in the country.
NHC officials should be clearly versed with their mandated legal roles and responsibilities like improving housing for sales to eligible persons or approved applicants and make advances to them to become the owners of the houses they occupy rather than resorting to such draconian evictions of our citizens.