A former police officer and longtime Lae Resident Peter Nessatt was given a seven-day eviction order to vacate the house he had been living in for over 30 years.
Mr. Nessatt was given the order by the National court on Wednesday, February 13, in favour of a man who claims he has the title to the property.
The family first moved into the National Housing Corporation (NHC) home, in Lae’s top town area in 1985.
Nessatt was transferred to Morobe where he served as the Provincial Police Commander.
As a sitting tenant who had lived in the property for awhile, he expressed his interest to purchase the property.
He was given a letter of offer by the NHC which he accepted in writing. By 2003 he had made the necessary payments and had also signed the contract of sale and the transfer instrument, and has been waiting to be transferred the title ever since.
He was still waiting for the title when it was transferred to someone else in 2014.
The Nessatt’s case is similar to the Tigia’s, who were evicted from their home in Eriku’s Doyle street last year.
The Tigia’s late father, Tigia Bis paid off the property through the government sell off scheme and was waiting to be transferred the title, when someone else obtained the title. Their court battle has gone on for 10 years.
These cases are two of several NHC cases that are ongoing in Lae.