Malawi Housing Corporation rescinds rentals hike decision

The Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) has reversed its decision to raise rentals of its houses across the country by between 80 and 100 percent.

MHC head office

This comes barely few days after the tenants, under the banner MHC Tenants Association, threatened to stage mass protests over the rentals hike.

MHC spokesperson Ernestina Lunguzi confirmed the withdrawal of their rental adjustment notice issued for their tenants a week ago.

Following an average 48 percent rental hike announcement, some tenants threatened to protest and dragged the Corporation to court over the rental hike.

Lunguzi had earlier on justified that the rental adjustments were aimed at ensuring the Corporation maintains the houses for the betterment of its tenants.

The adjustments were made differently based on house location, size and class.

Lunguzi also claimed that the Corporation is now operating as a commercial entity and needs resources to keep it afloat.

But the tenants threatened to stage mass protests against the rental hike, which described as “abnormal” and not in line with current cost of living and stipulated minimum wages.

The disgruntled tenants met last Sunday at Chitawira Primary School in Blantyre where they also agreed of obtaining court injunction on the same.

The association’s Chairperson, Mervin Kaumphawi said the Corporation should be taking into consideration the rising cost of living and the minimum wage when coming up with the rental hike.

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Kalitsiro walasa. I was inspired by garden boys at my work place. Others were boasting of two houses while others had three or four houses. When I asked them about their secret, they told me “bwana, inu mumachedwa ndi masuti, kudya modula, ana anunso sukulu zodula pamene ife tikumanga nyumba”. I said wow, let me wake up from my slumber. Today I own three houses using the gardeners wisdom tips for property ownership.

Tafwauli Chipalamandule
Tafwauli Chipalamandule

Bravo MHC! There is nothing wrong with increasing Rentals. However, it has to be with considerable percentage based on the economic situation in our most impoverized nation. Sitonse timakhala ndi mwayi oponda ‘Cash gate’ ayi!

Once again, thanx MHC for reversing the memorandum.


Just sale all & let’s see, this need to be privatised. Tenants know ndizaboma. By the way do we need MHC in this era?


100%? mwala kuikapo mwala wina? oho!!!!


if you are not happy with the increment on rentals, just vacate the house and find another one fit for you. Or else build your own. kuzolowera ma subsidy basi!!!!!!!! and now your mind is crippled with zithu zaulere zaboma. Since 1965 nyumbay0 chiloweleni a Chavula mpaka lero osatulukamo then you claim kuti your brain is working!!!


utaba za cashgate mkumanga nyumba yako wati utilalatire ife. nkhaniyi sikukukhudza coz iwe si tenant wa housing. shut up mkamwa mwachiseyeyemo.


Think before you utter a word!! Who doesn’t want a house? Just thank God you built your own house through whatever means. It would sound much better if we all belt houses!!!!!

pleasant qisho

Thumbs up kkkkkkkk


I heard one tenant saying since 1975 been using the MHC house. Complaining of rentals. I’m complaining why you haven’t built your own house. A house appreciates by the way. You were chanting “zonse za Kamuzu Banda “, if he wakes up today and find you in that same house I’m sure he’ll question your mentality. Just reach a consensus with the MHC on the percentage, I don’t know what are the terms in your contracts but I don’t think the houses are not subject to rental increment.


Guys, think about building your own house. Mowa ukutisaukitsa. Surprising lower class people are the ones who are building houses while most of the so called middle class spend cash on useless things.


Very true bwana, I have also observed the same.

Mboni yoona

Bwana Kalitairo, your observation is correct.

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