Nowhere to Go For Yangon Squatters Driven Out for New ‘Eco Green City’

RANGOON – A mother of two small children, Daw Tin Mar Win gazed on as a group of men demolished her bamboo thatched house with chainsaws, and cut down the mango trees that had surrounded it. On Monday, nearly 400 tenants saw their shelters destroyed by authorities who deemed them “landlord squatters”—local property owners who unlawfully—and often […]

Govt signals crackdown on unauthorised occupants of state-owned apartments

Residents of government-owned apartment blocks could soon face eviction if they are found to be occupying their homes illegally, a housing official has warned. Since 1951, the government has built several apartment blocks in Yangon to house military and civilian staff. In many cases others have since taken possession, often following the death or transfer […]

Some Gov’t Housing Projects May be Rent-to-Own

A total of 1,864 apartments from affordable housing projects will be leased as rental units, said the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development. The majority of low-income people cannot afford the price of low-cost apartments and even cannot pay the required down payment of 30 percent. “For low-income people, we will implement a rental […]