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Legal and social challenges come with cheap housing plan

December 6, 2019 4:30 pm
A number of legal and social issues have to be tackled to make the government plans for affordable housing a success.

A number of legal and social issues have to be tackled to make the government plans for affordable housing a success.

Discussions at the Annual Attorney General’s Conference today centered around the International Finance Corporation’s partnership with the government to build cheap high rise apartments for low-income earners.

IFC Investment Officer Ritesh Vij says new challenges will come with the construction of multi-storey apartments.

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“It requires cultural and social acceptability to this concept. In all countries whether Asia, Europe or the US. Transitioning from horizontal living to vertical, was never easy. The government at different stages had to bring the right elements to strengthen the acceptability of vertical living.”

Vertical housing is needed in the Suva/Nausori corridor due to rapid urbanization and lack of housing – and new privately run-flats are not for the average family.

“They are all not targetted at affordable housing so it was out of reach for the majority of the population. What we need to consider is how to make it work by making it affordable”

The IFC is also working on laws to allow Fijians to own units, tenureship and community by-laws for people living in a complex.

Discussion is also needed on how these complexes will be run.

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