Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Apartment lottery winners warned not to sell the housing

Lucky winners who were picked to live in Mandalay’s new riverbank apartment complex will have to stay there, city officials say. The city development committee’s head of building works, U Zaw Win, said on June 4 that those who won the lottery to occupy the city-owned housing on the Ayeyarwady River could be evicted if they were found to have transferred their apartments to others.

“Lottery winners should be aware that they will face action from us if they transfer their right to live there. They could be evicted, and their apartment given to someone else,” he said.

The low-cost housing was built last year on a 7-acre plot, comprising 22 six-storey buildings of 12 apartments each, for a total of 1584 rooms measuring 20 feet by 10 feet, and all apartments equipped with toilet and bathroom, said U Zaw Win.

Daw Moe, who won a place through the lottery, said, “It’s good to live here. I sympathise with people who didn’t win. Everything here is so convenient.”

The complex was built amid the embarrassment caused following the December 2014 visit of King Harald V of Norway. In an attempt to beautify the view, the city demolished 200 riverside homes, only for the king later to express regret.

Translation by Khine Thazin Han