ZACC Targets Landlords Demanding USD Rentals
The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has revealed that it is now targetting landlords who are demanding USD rentals for their properties. The anti-graft has advised tenants of landlords who are demanding rentals in United States Dollars or any other foreign currency for that matter to report their landlords at the nearest police stations or at ZACC’s offices.
ZACC said the practice of demanding rentals in foreign currency was against the country’s laws and needed to be stopped. ZACC spokesperson Mr John Makamure told the Sunday News,
“What is happening is that we are working with the police in monitoring this therefore we encourage members of the public to either approach our officials or their nearest police station. As you might know, Zacc and the police are more of one entity in fighting such corrupt elements, worse still when there is a specific law that criminalises such acts,” said Mr Makamure.
This follows reports that landlords across the country are demanding rentals in foreign currency for both residential and business properties.
In Bulawayo landlords in the high-density suburbs are charging 100 Rand for a room while some charge US$50 for a five-roomed house. In the low-density suburbs, landlords charge between US$200 and US$400 per month for a three-bedroomed house.
In Gweru houses in Mkoba are going for about US$100 per month.
Students from Midlands State University (MSU) who rent in Senga are made to pay US$50 per head and a landlord rakes in as much as US$500 for an average house in the high-density suburb.
In Gwanda, landlords prefer to charge in Rand and houses are pegged between R200 and R2 000 per month.
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