Lusaka Mayor Daniel Chisenga says the local authority is exploring ways of introducing a bye law to regulate the level of house rentals charged by landlords.
Mr. Chisenga observed that tenants in Lusaka have been exploited for a long time through exorbitant rentals.
“You find that somebody who bought this house at K10, 000 during the Chiluba housing empowerment initiative is today charging K 2 million for rentals for the same property with little or no renovations to the property,” Mr. Chisenga said.
“As LCC, we find it unfair that Lusaka residents have to struggle with high rentals and we are looking at introducing some form of regulation to protect poor families from exploitation over rentals.”
He said the shortage of affordable housing units in the city is a key development issue facing Lusaka.
Mr. Chisenga was speaking when he officiated at a ceremony to launch the 2013 Women’s Build Week project by Habitat for Humanity Zambia.
He commended Habitat for its work aimed at ensuring that poor communities are provided with low cost housing.
And Habitat for Humanity Zambia National Director Joseph Musanje revealed that over 20,000 individuals across the country have benefitted from Habitat’s housing empowerment programme.
He said home ownership is important to human development hence the need to empower vulnerable communities with decent and affordable housing.