Walvis Bay to finally sell unoccupied houses

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Walvis Bay to finally sell unoccupied houses

WALVIS BAY – The empty houses constructed under the Massive Urban Land Servicing Project (MULSP) at Walvis Bay will finally get owners. This follows after the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development gave the Walvis Bay municipality the go-ahead to sell the houses.

The houses will not be auctioned but are currently being offered on a first-come, first-served basis to those that are currently on the waiting lists of the Walvis Bay municipality and the National Housing Enterprise (NHE).

At least 90 houses have been unoccupied since their completion in 2017. 

The houses are part of the 900 houses constructed under MULSP that was launched in 2015 in Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Oshakati by President Hage Geingob.

Walvis Bay mayor Trevino Forbes on Friday said 20 houses will be reserved for council employees while the remaining 70 will be sold to beneficiaries that are selected from the combined Walvis Bay municipality and NHE waiting lists as reconciled during 2016.

“However, the houses reserved for council employees may only be allocated if they are on the aforementioned waiting lists, qualifying and may be allocated an erf and/or house constructed thereon under the MULSP initiative when it is their legitimate turn in the order of the waiting list,” Forbes said.

He added the first selection of names on the lists was already forwarded to financial institutions to see if they qualify and subsequently give pre-approvals.

“Some banks have started to refer the clients back to council with approvals for signed already contracts and issuing of completion certificates and compliance certificates from their files are currently in progress for the approved applicants,” Forbes added. 

According to him, 32 persons were declined as they already had houses while 15 applications are pending and 21 already signed contracts with their financial institutions while two were removed from the list due to duplications.

“The committee thus needs to re-allocate 34 houses to the next qualifying clients on the waiting list,” he said.