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April 9, 2020
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National Housing Estates Limited Responds

Tenants ofthe National Housing Estate Limited (NHEL) have outstanding arrears amounting into thousands of kina.

The NHEL saidthe total arrears for 40 units at Henao Drive in Port Moresby stands at overr 4 hundred thousand kina.

From this figure, one tenant alone has 36 thousand kina in outstanding arrears.

NHEL is losing business through non payment of rentals due it.

The National Housing Estate Limited has come out defending its actions.

Two days after tenants of NHC flats in NCD criticized NHEL for threatening to evictthem, NHEL responded sayingthese properties are overrcrowded and many have outstanding arrears.

These practices have resulted in fast deterioration, wear and tear, willful damage tothe 212 properties that now require urgent maintenance.

NHEL says occupants and tenants were given 7 monthsu2019 notice but yet many have chosen to ignorethem.

However, a visit tothe 5 mile NHC flats yesterday we found out that some tenants have metthe costs associated with renovatingtheir flats.

Edward Libaba has been residing here for 15 years. A retired public servant, Edward was promised rental holiday by NHC, when he renovated his flat atthe cost of 15 thousand kina.

Withthe transfer ofthese flats tothe commercial arm of NHC, tenants like Edward are required to pay a bond fee of 2 thousand kina to sign a new tenancy agreement.

Tenants who fail to enterthe new agreement will be forced to mover out of those properties.

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