TWELVE pensioners in Nelson Mandela Bay are facing possible eviction after they were served with summonses for non-payment following high rental hikes at their retirement villages.
In April it was reported that residents at three homes under the auspices of the Afrikaanse Christelike Vrouevereniging (ACVV) were told their rent was increasing by between 25% and 100%, depending on the type of unit. At the time, residents said it was not fair of management to expect them to afford the increases as their only source of income was the R1260 government pension.
In some cases, rent had increased from R600 a unit to R1200 in one year for residents at the Louis Dubb Retirement Village in Kabega Park. Others live at the Adolph Schauder Housing for Older Persons and the Adcock Van Der Vyver Housing for Older Persons, both in Kensington.
Legal Rescue advocate Radika Govender said the firm, which was trying to help the elderly residents, had been informed that four residents had suffered strokes as a result of the stress caused by the rental hikes.
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