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Bindura, Zimbabwe, Tenants Contest City Plans To Offer Homes For Sale

The Bindura Residents Association in the town in Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe, is challenging a move by the town council to sell houses to their current tenants, arguing that the tenants have already earned ownership by paying rent for years.

The association said that under the lease agreements in place, the council must give sitting tenants title deeds without further payment.

The houses in the Chipadze and Chiwaridzo sections of Bindura are priced in a range of Z$5 million (US$30) to Z$100 million (US$650).

Council officials said the plan complements Zimbabwe's national housing delivery program by selling houses to tenants of 10 years or longer.

Bindura Residents Association spokesman Tinashe Madamombe told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that lawyers for the tenants have written to the town council giving it until the end of this month to respond.

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