Parliament has a duty to serve citizens well
SEE ALSO :MPs plot how they will keep their jobsThe tenant The value of devolution is not just in development, it is also in the reality that county residents will soon be aware there is a big difference made by who sits in the governor’s mansion. Let them see other counties that made the right choices prosper and it will soon dawn on them choices have consequences. Only then will Kenya begin to enjoy the fruits of devolution. We must, therefore, allow devolution to thrive and let the people’s choices be empowered to deliver to, or disappoint them. It is this process that will open the eyes of the people to the fact that the vote has consequences we cannot run away from. Speaking of the vote, we must also turn the lens on Parliament and ask it to begin to act on issues that affect this country, its economy and our well being. Parliament should, for example, take on the issues around housing. It is not enough that rents are sky high, it is also that to rent a unit one needs to pay 2 months deposit. Which not only makes access to housing difficult, but also ensures large sums of money are locked up by landlords for years for no reason. My query on deposits for houses has always been the same: a house is a permanent and immovable asset. The tenant cannot carry away your house and run away with it, so what is the deposit for? The argument that the house will need repainting and repairs after tenancy is a nonsensical argument.
SEE ALSO :IEBC to set date for Kibra mini pollBecause even if you left the house empty for two years, it would still need to be repaired. That is the nature of things. Therefore the best solution is for landlords to keep part of the rent as money for repairs. Just like when one hires a car, he is not told that he will also repair the car if it is damaged. The risk of damage is covered in the price of hire, as it should be in housing as well. Slowly abandoned By passing a law that abolishes these deposits, Kenya would suddenly free up billions of shillings to the market, which would boost the economy overnight. We, however, don’t need to stop there. There are two paths that Parliament should take on housing; number one, Parliament should make it compulsory for government to build a certain quota of low cost housing every year. If the government built 100,000 units per year and a three bedroom house was rented at less than Sh25,000, rental costs in Nairobi will also go down as the market adjusts to this reality. The fruit would be easy to reap; Kenyans from all walks of life would soon be living in decent housing, the ghettos we know will be slowly abandoned, and all of us would have more money in our pockets to spend on our dreams and ventures. The landlord would not lose out either, because the only thing that would change is how long it takes them to recoup the money they spent on building. This will also force landlords to build with cheaper technologies and look at their investments as long term investments. By enacting such laws, parliament would have added billions into the economy while alleviating the suffering of many a city dweller. [email protected]
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