ANCYL marches against appalling treatment of tenants
Sat, 21 May 2016 14:34:00
The African National Congress (ANC) Youth League in the Greater Tshwane region has lambasted rental agencies for their appalling treatment of tenants.
The league also says residents of Sunnyside, Arcadia, Hatfield and Pretoria west are living under inhuman conditions as the flats they rent in are in a state of disrepair.
The youth league marched to the offices of rental agencies Huurkor and Premium Properties in Pretoria to submit memorandum of grievances.
The league says the most affected are students, first time employees and general accommodation seekers around Pretoria.
They sang and danced as they marched through the streets of the CBD on their way to submit a memorandum of grievances to rental agencies.
They accuse them of charging tenants exorbitant prices, not maintaining buildings and failing to provide security.
We’ve had a lot of grievances from the people who reside within the flats here in Sunnyside, Arcadia, Hatfield and a bit of Pretoria west about the exorbitant prices that are charged by rental houses who also do not maintain their properties
ANCYL convener in the Inner City Zone Lunathi Hontothi says grievances raised by residents of those places prompted the youth league to march to these agencies.
“We’ve had a lot of grievances from the people who reside within the flats here in Sunnyside, Arcadia, Hatfield and a bit of Pretoria west about the exorbitant prices that are charged by rental houses who also do not maintain their properties. So our people are staying in places that are not conducive. There is a question of City Property of increasing rent every now and again, as they please and they blacklist the students,” says Hontothi.
Tenants echoes Hontothi’s sentiments. They say building management only cares about rental collection instead of the well-being of the tenants.”The rent is high where I am staying. The conditions are good the rent is high and security sometimes No! Security is not good for us, because we have some people from locations that come and break in and steal our staff and we won’t even know who they are. Security is not up to standard at all because the security guy does not know who lives there, or who does not live there, and anyone can just come in and takes whatever they want to take and leave without being noticed that these people are stealing,” says one tenant.
Meanwhile, Huurkor Sunnyside manager, Jan Klopper accepted the memorandum on behalf of management. Klopper promised the marchers that management will do their best in responding accordingly to their grievances.
“I am here on behalf of the management of Huurkor to receive this memorandum and I am sure we will have a look at it. We will decide and we will really try to meet your demands. That we will do. We will meet whatever demands we can. It’s not up to me. There are other few directors that have to decide, but we will really do our best to look at you people,” says Klopper.
The marchers told the rental agencies representatives that should their grievances not be met, they will continue marching onto them again and again.
– By SABC