Flats allotted in Hulhumale under the Gedhoruverikurun Program.

Outstanding rent deferred for 704 Hulhumale flats

The Planning Ministry had earlier said that 41-31% of people do not pay rent and no action has been taken against such people so far.

7 February 2023

By Aishath Fareeha Abdulla

Planning ministry on Tuesday opened the opportunity for tenants who have defaulted on rent payments for 704 flats building during former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's Gedhoruverikurun programme to apply for deferment of the rent

Planning ministry in an announcement said it has decided to defer payments to those who have not paid for the flats due to various reasons.

The notification says:

  • If those who have not paid their monthly rent due to various reasons want to reschedule the payment along with the unpaid amount, they should submit a letter to the ministry by February 28

However, no further details are available on this yet.

In the past, the government had made it easier for those who could not pay for the flats. In 2021, they were allowed to pay their unpaid dues and penalties in six months through a settlement agreement.

The planning ministry had earlier said that 31-41% of people do not pay rent as per the agreement for flats allotted under government housing programmes. However, no action has been taken against such people so far.

Gedhoruverikurun Flats

  • In 2018, construction of 704 flats were handed over to China Machinery Engineering Corporation in Hulhumale

  • Monthly rent for flats is MVR 6,000; an additional MVR 1,000 for maintenance

  • Tenants had to pay MVR 25,000 as down payment 

  • These are three room flats with toilets in each room