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No place to call home

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, August 08, 2014

A 74-YEAR-old woman of Field 28, Ba, has until the end of the week to move out of a home she has lived in for almost 30 years.

Rusila Marama said she was handed a notice to vacate by the Housing Authority.

She said she wanted her situation highlighted by The Fiji Times because she was desperate and needed help.

She claimed the property was registered under her late husband, Basi Kolikoli Taukei's name. He passed away in 2012.

"We have no children so I don't have anywhere else to go," she said.

"My husband was always the one who handled the payments of the house but after he retired in the 80s from FSC, he said he had sorted it out."

According to the notice from Housing Authority, the elderly woman was an unlawful occupant.

Ms Marama's nephew, Suliasi Savou, said the family was hoping government would step in to assist his aunt.

"She doesn't have a steady source of income and is too old to work," he said.

Housing Authority of Fiji acting CEO Jagdish Prasad said after an assessment of Ms Marama's case and considering a number of options and exhausting all avenues available, the authority found there was nothing else that could be done for the elderly woman.

"The deceased was considered under government's Social Housing Policy for home retention to have his account written off," he said.

"However, he had only paid 0.67 times of the original loan amount borrowed and the criteria to qualify for assistance is for those customers who have paid a minimum of 1.5 times of the original loan amount borrowed."