Members of the public should stop paying membership fees to housing cooperative management committees.
The city recently stopped issuing housing land to cooperatives as part of its wider mandate to stop the fleecing of residents of their hard earned funds.
Council will soon publish the names of authentic housing cooperatives that were in allocated land before the review of the city’s housing policy.
The reviewed housing policy restores the council’s authority to service and sell the serviced land to individuals on its housing waiting list. The policy outlines that residents should not deal with middlemen/housing cooperative management committees.
This warning comes in the wake of reports that some housing cooperative management committees are misrepresenting facts on the ground lying to residents that they have entered into partnership with council.
The City of Harare has not entered into any such agreement with the housing cooperatives. Residents are urged to visit our district offices to verify any demands of cash payments by these people. Residents should also report to the police people making any cash demands.
This now means residents in need of housing land should approach council directly in their personal capacities.
Any demands for cash by these management committees are therefore illegal, day light robbery and a misrepresentation.
Any housing cooperative that had not been allocated land before the review of the housing policy will not be allocated. Its members should now deal directly with council under our various schemes.
Residents are urged to visit the Remembrance Drive council offices to join the various housing pay schemes to be directly administered by council.
There is no longer any room for housing cooperatives. Only housing cooperatives that were at various stages of completing housing construction are being given timelines to wind operations.