Concern about low rent for CDC apartments

Housing Minister, Guy Joseph, Monday expressed concern about the price for renting CDC apartments in downtown Castries.

St Lucia Times has been reliably informed that some CDC apartment tenants are paying as little as $EC160 a month for a two bedroom apartment, while the National Housing Corporation (NHC) is owed some $EC 2.5 million in outstanding rent.

Minister Joseph told a news conference Monday morning that while people complain about the state of the apartments, the rent collected for them is insufficient to provide basic maintenance.

The minister explained that resources from other areas have to be diverted to provide the basic upkeep that is required.

“You look at the buildings  some of them are defacing the City because the required maintenance is not done,” he said.

“It cannot be that living in the City is cheaper than living anywhere else in Saint Lucia. It should not be a situation where rental of CDCs should be cheaper than any other house anywhere else in Saint Lucia,” Joseph told reporters.

He observed that he government wants the private sector to invest.

But  the minister pointed out that at the same time, an individual with an apartment to rent would be seeking a particular price for a rural community, whereas an apartment in the middle of the City can be rented at a fraction of the price that is demanded anywhere else.

“We continue to highlight that there are issues in this country but nobody wants to deal with the core of the problem,” the minister lamented.

Joseph recalled having said on several occasions in the past that as minister with responsibility for housing, he spends more time telling people that there are no CDC apartments available for rent.

“If 20 people come to me in a day, 12 or 15 of them- they are interested in getting a CDC (apartment),” he told reporters.

According to the Castries South East MP, the structure of government in Saint Lucia is such that if people go to the NHC and are told that there are no CDC apartments available, everyone believes that the minister can get them one to rent.

“You cannot turn away anybody who comes to see you – I don’t turn away anybody who comes to see me, so I have to sit with everybody and  explain to them,” Joseph stated.

 

21 Comments

  1. Reality
    November 13, 2017 at 4:32 pm Reply

    Look it better days are here…

    1. Sharp Shooter
      November 14, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply

      I would like to congratulate the authorities for patching the potholes around the north of the island, good job in responding to my call in this matter.

  2. anon1
    November 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm Reply

    Lol Looks like a price hike is coming smh

    1. Ha
      November 13, 2017 at 6:10 pm Reply

      And so it should!

  3. Guava Jelly
    November 13, 2017 at 6:38 pm Reply

    LET THE GAMES BEGIN! THIS IS THE FIRST SALVO IN THE WAR AGAINST THE PEOPLE TO TAKE OVER THE CITY OF CASTRIES, AS IF THE AMIGOS HAVENT ALREADY DONE ENOUGH DAMAGE.

  4. CDC person
    November 13, 2017 at 7:28 pm Reply

    So you want to charge high rent for dirty, filthy, reeks of excrement, run down, vermin infested apartments? These are the projects. Have you ever tried walking up the stairs of one of these apartment complexes? Want to know how unsafe these places are. How about non stop noise generated by the booming music from all those bars and dance halls every night? The bus drivers starting at 4 a.m. with their loud music and cussing while they queue. The noisy cars passing 24 hours a day with massive speakers. The industrial machinery operating on the sidewalks 12 hours a day? Getting high from marijuana just passing by. It goes to show how out of touch with reality those politicians are. do Some simply don’t have the financial means to do better. There is nothing glamorous about living in the city. Castries is a filthy disgusting pit stop we should all be ashamed of. The CDCs unkempt and due for demolition is a reflection of that. It’s about time we have Castries fire 3.0. Time for a fresh start.

    1. 758
      November 14, 2017 at 8:32 am Reply

      So you want to live in the city and expect to be quiet …how foolish can you be and they said that the rediculously low rent yourll paying can’t manage the place that’s why it’s in a state…so stop talking crap and go work a better job and buy land and build a house and not just dwell on government facilities and complain

      1. John
        November 14, 2017 at 8:52 am

        Everyone expects a reasonable amount of noise in a city. Have you ever travelled to any real city? NYC has car horns and sirens which is reasonable. NYC doesn’t have booming music going into the wee hours of the morning everyday. Have you ever travelled to any European city. Even other caribbean islands have some sort of noise controls. Yet anything goes in St. Lucia. Don’t be an idiot.

  5. Jay
    November 13, 2017 at 7:33 pm Reply

    Privatize the CDC…they look horrible and according to the article a non rent payment issue exist. Tell me where in God’s world can you live for free….some people ha e it real good…it’s sad.

  6. Bout-time
    November 13, 2017 at 8:49 pm Reply

    It’s about time they pull up the price of these apartments as well as evict persons who don’t pay they rent why do other have to suffer for the ones who don’t contribute and they are the ones who complain all of the time there are people willing and able to pay give them that chance and should they fool around they heading out in the same door they came in.

  7. Flower
    November 13, 2017 at 10:51 pm Reply

    Which apartments, is it the Darling Road Housing Project, that’s the correct name, or the CDC’s built after the 1948 fire. Salary deduction paying tenants at the Darling road apartments have made all their contributions when the apartments were $550 one bedroom and $800 two bedrooms. The apartments haven’t been painted for years now and the inside of most of these apartments need repairs. Most paying tenants are doing their own repairs, security are gate keeper, parking are free to all, except tenants who most times have to park outside. Parking lot is a river when it rains, tenants experience water flooding their bedrooms when heavy rains. Constant loud music from tenants with rum shops. When news is on tenants can’t hear their TV. Most tenants don’t depend on Housing they just do their repairs with their own money’s. The staircases smell a lot with urine and fises and tenants help themselves by washing down the stairs as often as they can. Also no one from the Authority have seen it fit to call a meeting to discuss these horrible issues faced by the tenants for the past 6 years. There are so much more. To the Authority, I say think first before raising the rent at the said apartments. Thank you

    1. EssCee
      November 14, 2017 at 6:14 am Reply

      As a former tenant, I experience everything you say firstthand. the authority does not treat the people resideing there as humans. They forgetting that hundreads of people live in that small area. I had to run away from there because of the noise. for a whole year i was calling the pollice on some fellas making so much noise with pressure washers doing their car wash. the fellas set up their machines on the sidewalk. sunday to sunday noise from these machines 6 to 6. report to police nothing. report to ccc nothing. report to nhc nothing. report to transport board nothing. you would swear laws for distubring the peace laws dont protect cdc people. you have people living in conditions like and when they report problems, nothing happens. yet you want to open your 2 [email protected]! about raising rent. give people better service then you can talk about increasing rent. you little coolie crook.

  8. Flower
    November 13, 2017 at 10:58 pm Reply

    Well just sell the apartment’s to paying tenants who wants to buy, or privatize.

    1. B
      November 14, 2017 at 5:51 am Reply

      That’s an idea

  9. Xe oto Chevrolet
    November 14, 2017 at 6:23 am Reply

    i think so The minister explained that resources from other areas have to be diverted to provide the basic upkeep that is required.

  10. Reality2
    November 14, 2017 at 8:22 am Reply

    U have so many issues about it and u still living deh. Just how u expect to get it better when I barely paying a monthly Rent. U have all amenities right at it feet. Some ppl have their house renting and living the the CDC. Y? Because it cheap. Sometimes we Lucians have to be reasonable yourll want everything for nothing and still expect more. Fix up the place and raise the rent who doe like it loose. Governement needs to regenerate monies too.

  11. Marie
    November 14, 2017 at 3:14 pm Reply

    Guy should raise the rent to 100%. Cause most of them voted Flambeau. That’s part of Thrive to stay alive.

  12. Marie
    November 14, 2017 at 3:17 pm Reply

    So d people, so d CDC’s. Stinky. Delapidated, need demolition, lazy, low minded.

  13. CDC Historian
    November 14, 2017 at 5:34 pm Reply

    Guy must blame the late Sir George Mallet for the situation with the outstanding rental by CDC tenants. For the many years he represented Central Castries he always intervened to ensure that his loyal voters were not evicted by the Housing Authority for non-payment of rent. It was symbiotic relationship between politician and voter because by voting for Mallet you voted for rent-free accommodation in the CDC! SO GUY THE PROBLEM YOU NOW FACE WAS CREATED BY A FLAMBEAU POLITICIAN TO KEEP FLAMBEAU VOTES! So now you and the country must try to solve a problem you have inherited from the mischief of former UWP politicians.

  14. Sky
    November 14, 2017 at 8:44 pm Reply

    Since the merger of UDC and Housing Authority, the rent monies from paying tenants was and is still been used to fix UDC houses and also government own houses used for dignitaries. Housing was much better as Housing Authority instead of that merger. The apartments were being fixed on time and the trimming of grass, plus the stairs were cleaned often. All interest is based on UDC houses than the apartments. It’s true that some tenants owe and on two occasions I recall their names were published in the news paper, some left went overseas owing so much monies. Find them Mr minister and make them pay, it’s unfair to good paying tenants to pay for these delinquent tenants. Find them I say.

  15. Sky
    November 14, 2017 at 9:04 pm Reply

    Since the merger of UDC with Housing Authority the tenant rent monies have and is still been used to repair UDC and government houses for dignitaries. Housing authority was better by itself, and the tenants were getting their apartments fixed, the stairs and surrounding areas clean. It’s true that there are tenants who own, as I can recall tenants names being placed in the news paper. Now these delinquent tenants still owe housing huge amount of money and most of them have left the state. Mr minister find them. Where is the lawyer that was collecting monies from these delinquent tenants.

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