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NHDC houses are an illusion to give hope to poor families that they can become a home owner too
The truth is land has become so precious in Mauritius nowadays and they are meant for more rewarding projects (IRS & RES schemes etc) than to provide shelter to those in need.
How to apply to the NHDC to be considered for a house
You first need to meet two criteria:
- You or your partner do not currently own a house or a piece of residential land
- You have a 10% deposit for the house
Next you need the following documents:
- Birth certificate
- National Identity card
- Pay slip (most recent one) or trade licence for self-employed persons
- Last statement from your PEL and bank account (yes you need to open a PEL account prior to filling out their form)
- Marriage, divorce or death certificate of partner if applicable
Wherever you live around the island, you will have to go to the following address to return your application form:
4ème et 5ème étages, Complexe Royal, Rue St Ignace, Rose-Hill Tel : (230) 466-5556
What happens after you've handed over your application form to NHDC
Well it’s a waiting game. My friend made an application in 2011 and he’s still waiting to hear from them (3 years later). They told him he was in a queue, it’s a first come first serve basis, and he would be notified when they have new houses, so I guess there haven’t been any new projects or the waiting list is very long and they are not able to keep up with the demand.
However when you look at the list of new house projects on their site, you realise they are many developments going on and it feels weird they haven’t been able to get in touch after 3 years. They haven’t forgotten but as with everything else in Mauritius, it’s always about who you know.
People who have contacts in the right places are getting hold of these houses meant for poor families and are renting them out. I'm not talking about people who are low earners but people who already have homes and are already leading a comfortable life. It’s the sad truth.
As far as my friend is concerned, by the time he’s managed to raise Rs60,000 for the 10% deposit, the sale price would have gone up to Rs900,000 if the NHDC ever contacts him that is.
Houses are becoming more expensive
In the year 2000, a friend of mine bought a council flat (lakaz cite) at La Tour Koenig and he paid around Rs200,000 for the 1 bedroom apartment which was on the 4th floor (the uppermost one). Couple of years down the line, in 2008, another acquaintance bought a 2 bedroom rundown place in Vallee des Pretres for Rs450,000. And in 2011, another friend was looking to get on the property ladder and prices were floating around the Rs600,000 mark for a modest single bedroom house.
Wages are either staying the same or increasing only by a tiny amount
Let’s see how much our salaries were increased on a year by year basis:
2001 – 5.0% 2002 – 4.7% 2003 – 11.6% 2004 – 6.3% 2005 – 5.0% 2006 – 3.8% 2007 – 4.7% 2008 – 3.7% 2009 – 10.9% 2010 – 6.1% 2011 – 3.1%
Unfortunately I couldn’t get more recent data from the Stats Mauritius website and had to settle for the Wage Rate Index 2011. Nevertheless, wages have never seen an increased more than 11.6% but house prices have increased by as much as 225%!
I’d really like to hear your views regarding becoming a home owner in Mauritius and if you know people who've dealt with NHDC before, please share with us. Hopefully their experiences are better than my friend!
Dear sir, thank you to give me opportunity to write in your page, I am a person who have fly from war in ivory coast and I applied at the NHDC since 2006. they old me to put money in PEL savings and afterwards they will call me if I am on a list to have the house. Meantime, I have no money to pay for the caution of a house which I was renting and I went to PEL bank who give me the 4000 rupees needed for the caution and so on so on, until last year 2014 when they called me and tell me that I am on a attendee list to have a house in Henrietta but I will not be able to have this house because I am nomore working and furthermore I have not 60.000 rupees to pay fort the caution of this house and this is how I am not entitled to have this house, so now I am continuing to pay the rent of my house for 4.000 rupees and I have lost hhope to have a house, furthermore my child is mentally handicap and I have just undergo a surgery on my knees where I have been given a prothese for it,The social security told me that I am not entitled to any social aid. What will become of my child if I died? I only received an ld age pension to live,
Dear sir or madam,my husband make the application nhdc house.they told him that we are in the waiting list.it has been almosts one and a half years....I phone them twice but again waiting.i have two small children we are in really poor condition.can you tell me more on Pell account.because my husband just open the account.thanks in advance