Pay up by March 21 or face eviction, HCC warns tenants

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MOUNTING DEBTS RILE RATE PAYERS: Central Business District property owners are Harare City Council’s biggest debtors accounting for ZWL$726 947 939 while Mbare Hostels owe Council ZWL$395 173 073.

Harare City Council (HCC) has warned its tenants occupying residential and commercial properties to be paid up by March 21 2021 or face eviction.

The municipal authority is currently conducting an audit of its residential and commercial properties to ascertain defaulters, HCC said in a statement.

“Occupants not paying rentals to be evicted. Be paid up by 21 March, 2021. Part of the audit verifies lease ownership. Council will offer leases to sitting tenants,” HCC said.

Harare City Council says service delivery in Harare has been compromised by non-payment of municipal bills now amounting to over $5,5 billion.

The debtors include residents, business and Government.

Currently residents owe Council $2 430 618 095, business ZWL$1 648 864 246, industry ZWL$676 058 029, markets ZWL$223 602 519, Government ZWL$179 239 933, church ZWL$123 436 334, dormitory towns ZWL$96 061 196.

Tenants in council owned properties owe ZWL$46 765 203.

Central Business District property owners are the biggest debtors accounting for ZWL$726 947 939 while Mbare Hostels owe Council ZWL$395 173 073.

Tynwald residents owe Council $157 271 136, Warren Park ZWL$154 428 646, Dzivarasekwa ZWL$130 890 795, Budiriro ZWL$115 516 969, Glenview ZWL$97 316 018 and Mbare ZWL$67 627 686.

Low density and medium density suburbs owe Council huge amounts with Prospect residents accounting for ZWL$68 129 436, Belvedere ZWL$60 622 338, Malbereign ZWL$54 057 725, Borrowdale ZWL$54 005 056 and Avondale ZWL$51 740 209.

“Council requires the money to fund service delivery such as water provision, road repairs, street lighting, garbage collection, grass cutting, medicine at its clinics and to fund salaries,” HCC said in an earlier statement.

“City employees are part of the service delivery matrix. Without a salary the employees are unable to report for work and to feed their families.”

“Failure by stakeholders to pay for service is stalling progress in the city as residents and business fund service delivery.  Council urges residents to pay up to improve service delivery.”

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