The housing crisis in Harare has reached a new level of absurdity as residents express their outrage over the exorbitant rental prices for sub-standard accommodations. The latest object of scorn is a tiny two-roomed cottage in Braeside that is being rented out for a whopping US$220 per month. This has caused an uproar on social media, with many individuals expressing their disbelief and anger.
There is indeed a housing crisis in Harare. This tiny two roomed cottage in Braedside is going for an astounding US$220. Data from ZIMSTAT and other sources shows that half the people in urban areas are renting pic.twitter.com/Wd8ktzgcVo
— 💲Zimpricecheck🇿🇼 (@zimpricecheck) July 17, 2023
Half of Harare’s urban population is renting
According to data from ZIMSTAT and other sources, half of the people living in urban areas in Zimbabwe are renting, making the issue of housing affordability a pressing concern for many city dwellers. This has led to a proliferation of sub-standard housing options being offered at exorbitant prices.
Residents speak out
Social media has been abuzz with commentary about the issue, with residents sharing their experiences and expressing their frustration with the state of housing in the city. Many have taken issue with the poor quality of the accommodations being offered, with one Twitter user remarking that “what they call cottages are actually ma Boysky akavakirwa ma garden boi 30+ years ago.” Another user criticized the lack of basic amenities, stating that “for 2 months rent at least paint and re-tile the place.”
Landlords take advantage
Some residents have pointed out that many landlords in desirable areas like Braeside, Hillside, and Cranborne are not advertising their homes through house agents, instead opting to put their properties in neighbourhood groups. This has led to a situation where many people are not able to find decent accommodations through traditional channels, driving up the prices for the few options that are available.
As the outrage over the state of housing in Harare continues to grow, many are calling for action to be taken to address the issue. One Twitter user summed up the sentiment of many, stating that “let’s normalize staying in decent accommodation in the high-density areas, not this!” Another user was more blunt, stating that “if I’m going to stay in there, the landlord has to pay me.”