FIFTY families living in Namara settlement along Khalsa Rd in Nasinu have been given $10,000 each to move out of land owned by the Housing Authority of Fiji.
Families who refuse to move would face legal action.
In an interview yesterday, authority spokesman Dwain Qalovaki said the notice followed the development of land at Tacirua East for housing.
Mr Qalovaki said the 50 families were living on land leased by the authority from the iTaukei Land Trust Board and mataqali Nawavatu for the purpose of developing the Tacirua East Stage Two subdivision, which was accessible through Khalsa Rd.
"Currently 50 families at Namara settlement who are on an undeveloped portion of the subdivision are being relocated so that the contractor, China Railway First Group, can complete the remainder of the subdivision," he said.
"The families are being provided with $10,000 financial assistance to dismantle, transport and reconstruct their homes. So far 17 families have accepted the offer and have relocated."
Mr Qalovaki said the subdivision in total would yield 1050 lots, of which the first 81 lots were sold late last year.
"A further 167 lots are expected for sale by next month with a further 400 targeted by the end of this year.
"The subdivision is almost at completion with lots fast becoming available and the move to relocate these 50 families is to ensure that we can complete the 184-acre subdivision," said Mr Qalovaki.
He said eight families had already accepted the offer and dismantled their homes with a further four families expected to move by the weekend.
Mr Qalovaki said nine families had also begun the construction of their homes at Tacirua East, Stage Two.
And while the move by the authority received mixed reactions, some families were happy that they would finally have a better place to stay.
Onosimai Kailoma, 38, who has been living in the settlement since birth with her family said she was happy to move out.
"We are happy as it is for the betterment of my children, good education and for their future," she said.
Mrs Kailoma said while the $10,000 assistance was not enough she did not want her children to live in poor conditions.
"They (HA) are giving us $10,000 for one house. We are happy because we can't help it, it's a decision."
She also said some homeowners were unhappy with the authority's decision and did not want to move out.