CDC tenants owe $2M in outstanding rent

Tenants in the CDC apartment buildings in Castries owe the National Housing Corporation (NHC) some $2 million in outstanding rent.

NHC Chairman, Timothy Mangal, told the Times that there is an estimated 40% delinquency rate among the CDC tenants.

“As a new board we have stepped up the efforts,” he disclosed.

He explained that in December, 2016, as allowed by the NHC act, the board wrote to every delinquent tenant indicating that they needed to pay up within a particular time frame.

Mangal said failure to pay up would result in ‘certain actions’.

He revealed plans to invite all the CDC tenants to a meeting at the Castries Constituencies Council (CCC) some time this year, with the objective of finding a solution to some of the problems facing the residents.

“We know that there are a lot of problems that they are encountering as well that need to be addressed by the NHC, but we are not in a financial position to do it,” the NHC Chairman told the Times.

He spoke of the need for the tenants to meet their obligations to the NHC by paying their rent, so that the corporation can better assist them.

“We will tell them that yes, there are problems that you may have – we want to address those problems, but we cannot do it without you paying your rent,” Mangal declared.

He said the estimated $2 million in rent owed by tenants was accumulated over a long period of time.

“You have certain persons owing as much as eighty or ninety thousand dollars and really and truly it should not have reached that level, but that is what we have inherited and we are doing our best to sort it out,” Mangal said, noting that the problem of non-payment of rent applied to residents in all of the CDC apartment buildings.


  1. LB
    January 12, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    I am not surprised by this revelation. Of course, some people will not pay rent unless they have satisfactory service. But some people just do not care, and have no idea that their monthly rental is what keeps the services in check. I am in total agreement with Mr Mangal’s plans. I sincerely hope he keeps it up. I wonder if the La Clery CDC buildings are also involved in his new plans.

    1. Anonymous
      January 12, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      That’s pure [REMOVED BY ST. LUCIA TIMES] You occupy someone’s property, you pay rent. No if ands or buts. If there is a problem that needs fixing, use the rent money to fix it. Get rid of those delinquents. I well looking for a place to rent that I can afford.

      1. Anonymous
        January 12, 2017 at 5:21 pm

        Its obvious you have not lived in one of these units.
        Alot..and I mean thes units have alot of issues

      2. Anonymous
        January 12, 2017 at 10:25 pm

        WEll I do. Sure they have issues. But that is not reason not to pay rent.

      3. Anonymous
        January 13, 2017 at 6:59 am

        I hope your rent is up to date!!

      4. Anonymous
        January 13, 2017 at 8:04 am

        It is. And my building is run down because others don’t want to pay. When there are other people out there willing to pay.

      5. Corb
        January 12, 2017 at 5:27 pm

        The root of the problem is great grand mother
        Hands apt to grandmother
        Who hands it down to daughter
        Who hands it diwn to cousin
        Who hands it dwn to jahbal

        Which equals to 90 thousand
        Whilst someone in need of a place to stay cannot get

  2. francine
    January 12, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Only now??? $2m let chastenet pay that cash.

    1. Tired
      January 12, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      What does that have to do with Chastenet. Does he live there. Bottom line you rent from someone you pay the damn rent. If its too much get the hell out. Smh

      1. Anonymous
        January 13, 2017 at 8:05 am


      2. Lady
        January 14, 2017 at 10:15 am


    2. Anonymous
      January 12, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Be realistic

    3. Disappointed
      January 13, 2017 at 7:02 am

      Thank you Francine..well said!! Im a supporter of Chastanet’s administration but you know what i am really disappointed in them. I have been to two ministers and empty promises!! I’ve tried reaching them via telephone to no Avail.. The minister of ……………but yet i see them places with the corrupt people around the place..smh

      1. Lady
        January 14, 2017 at 10:28 am

        Typical. Can’t get anything from the ministers so we’re dissappointed…..smh FYI this has always been the case. When are we gonna learn that no matter what government is in power we will still get peanuts. Same stuff dif government. 😒 that doesn’t mean that chastenet has to pay the rent that is owing. It is common sence that if u renting u need to pay. If tenents pay as they should issues shud be addressed by the landlord. If the issues are not being addressed yhen the tenant takes action. If the tenant doesn’t pay rent issues can’t be fixed and tenants should be evicted. Plain and simple. We lucians like to blame government for our crap too much. These delinquent tenants need to pay up… take up responsibility for their nonsense and that of their ancestors.

  3. Anonymous
    January 12, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    How can one address concerns or housing issues or defects without MONEY!! PAY THE DAM RENT…. THEN WE TURN AROUND AND BLAME GOVERNMENT.


    1. Lady
      January 14, 2017 at 10:29 am

      IKR….. NONSENSE.

  4. Sad-But-True
    January 12, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Evil Chastanet needs de largent to pay his surrogates. Toot-moon say minister.
    Ministar beef, Ministar mooton, Ministar voleur, Ministar vieux englais, toot Ministar.

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      January 12, 2017 at 4:42 pm

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      You don’t want anyone walking in on you now, when you mentioning his name.

      1. Sad-But-True
        January 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm

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      2. Anonymous
        January 12, 2017 at 6:57 pm

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        January 12, 2017 at 7:20 pm

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      4. Sad-But-True
        January 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm

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  5. Anonymous
    January 12, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Mangal, you indicated that some persons owe 80 to 90 thousand dollars …. and that is what we have inherited. Unless someone is paying a monthly rent of a $1500.00, and for the past 5 years no rent was paid, then I can understand it was inherited.
    But this situation has been chronic under both governments.

    It is a good move though to meet with the tenants.
    I believe some of the tenants might be of the mindset that government cannot put them out, and government has money, so they are not going to pay.

    1. Lady
      January 14, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Well said…

  6. Truth
    January 12, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    That right to happen too you’ll cause for to long them CDC’s have been used as a political football by both administrations. Business is suppose to be business.

    1. Anonymous
      January 12, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      I agree

    2. Anonymous
      January 12, 2017 at 10:21 pm


  7. Disgusted
    January 12, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    A lot of the tenants own houses which they in turn are renting and remaining in the CC apartments, depriving someone of a lower rent. It is time that persons are made to pay up. The buildings need to be cleaned and painted and that cannot be done if the Housing Authority does not have money to do such work. It is a shame that people can feel they have a right to remain in an apartment and not pay.

    1. Anonymous
      January 12, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      That’s the St. Lucia mindset and the politicians are to blame. The looking for votes, the look the other way. If they used to put out these tenants after a month not paying rent, that would not be a problem.

  8. Anonymous
    January 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Well I can say is their falt by the time
    Three mths was not payed you all should look into it

  9. TAXES
    January 12, 2017 at 6:20 pm


  10. Anonymous
    January 12, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Put them out so I could get a spot

  11. Anonymous
    January 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Let a property management company take over with no connection with government.

  12. Anonymous
    January 12, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Its a shame,I can understand if u haven’t paid one month,by.common plp,we can’t depend on government to do everything,,, there plp out den who need a place to leave and u guys have someone say praise god,

  13. Anonymous
    January 12, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    throw out the labars they that not paying
    sad but true will get them a dwelling place
    pay the rent you labors that not step

    1. Sad-But-True
      January 13, 2017 at 5:23 am

      I’m already helping a few 🙂
      But look at you on an news website talking trash 🙂 Hahaha!
      Help yours!

    2. Disappointed
      January 13, 2017 at 7:08 am

      Lol Lol at anonymous!! LOL LOL

  14. Anonymous
    January 12, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    My god this is all political why successive governments didn’t put there foot down you cannot be living tent free abusing your tenencies three months non payment your out to make things worse low rent ±$400 per month too many people need a place to live.

  15. Anonymous
    January 12, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Sad but true, u seriously need help. When you grow up and get pschyoclological help, then make comments. Until then, no one will regard because we all understand ur situation n urge for help and attention. Gosh man. Chpzzz

  16. Tye
    January 12, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Put them out all those that owing they want somewhere n refuse to pay if they owing put them out a lot of ppl want a cdc apartment n they refusing to pay some ppl will be happy to get one

  17. Anonymous
    January 12, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    These are the creative means Chastenet spoke about. Y’all did not want to pay vat so pay y’all rent.

  18. Anonymous
    January 12, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Vat only reduced by 2.5% what’s that

  19. makes no sense
    January 12, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    2.5% less than it already was. at least its a start.

  20. Anonymous
    January 12, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Its the NHC fault yourl stupid or wat make a price dead line after an amount of time passes an u can’t pay then u shud be out

  21. Anonymous
    January 12, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    The CDC apartments are not expensive only $60 a month

    1. Anonymous
      January 13, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Don’t spread rumors, the minimum cdc rent is 160 and that’s for the old ones

  22. Sharon Terrell
    January 13, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Only in St.Lucia, you can owe so much rent in still have a roof over your head.Some people have all the luck.Am pretty sure the CDC have people who haven’t payed rent for at least 10 years and more.Put them out let them reaply and start paying, the government can slide the fees because its both parties fault.

    1. Anonymous
      January 13, 2017 at 8:07 am

      From what he is saying, some people haven’t paid in 15 to 20 years.

  23. The Commentator
    January 13, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Won’t be surprised if some of them owing rent from the days when Sir George Mallet represented the Central Castries constituency. Mallet ensured that his loyal voters who were owing rent were not evicted.

  24. Anonymous
    January 13, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Put them out. When they finish they crying building not good how the government fixing the building and you’ll not paying in other words u saying take tax payers money fix the building and give it to us to stay for free. nonsense and I have to pay my landlord$600 every month.choopz put them out

  25. Babygirl
    January 13, 2017 at 8:36 am

    The thing is pay your rent or get out ppl like to take the government for granted to much. If u were renting someones house they put u out already. The government have a lot of responsibilities stop being selfish. Remember do on to others as u would like them to do on to you. Pay your rent

  26. Karen Jo
    January 13, 2017 at 10:42 am

    First and foremost, no tenant there should have the right to pass the apartments down to family. It’s not your personal property. If someone is no longer there, it should be free for anyone else to rent. Rent must be paid monthly regardless of issues. How do expect issues to be fixed if rent isn’t paid?? Because it’s government owed, they will use money for other things to repair issues there. This is a business. Failure to pay after a certain period should end with eviction. The people who have lived in the CDCs forever act like they own the place and aren’t in any hurry to pay rent because they believe they can’t be evicted. They need to know that they can’t. Try that with a “real” landlord. The government owes you nothing. Pay your bills for better surrounding. I personally know of an apartment that has been handed down to family members and that never made sense to me. Like if the primary tenant dies, does it become a family dispute to fight over who has the right to live there?? You don’t own it. A Superintendent needs to be hired to address issues per block and follow up in rent.

  27. Anonymous
    January 13, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Some owe over 15years hit them where it hurts salary deduction that way u must get the rent, the ones that’s not working if the can pay three months after notice put them out. The ones who have houses up north, but renting the apartment they use to have in the cdc, and keeping the money need to be charged.