Several instances of vandalism of the turn-key homes which have already been allocated in Perseverance, East Bank Demerara (EBD), have been discovered, and according to the Government, it will now have to stand the cost of repairing those houses before persons can occupy them.
Minister within the Ministry of Communities with responsibility for housing, Valarie Sharpe-Patterson on a recent visit to the location discovered that doors, windows, pipelines and zinc sheets had been stolen from the houses.
INews understands that the Government will now have to take up the cost for the necessary repairs.
Presently there are almost 100 turn-key homes which have already been allocated in Perseverance, but less than 50 per cent of this total has been occupied thus far.
The other occupants are said to be in the process of casting their yards, constructing bridges and fences among other minor works before they occupy their homes.
It is expected that as the occupancy rate increases, the Communities Ministry will have to look at putting security measures in place.
According to the Minister, some of the options that will be explored include having a police outpost in the community, and the creation of a Community Policing Group.
Meanwhile, 200 homes currently under construction in Phase Two of the turn-key homes project are scheduled to be completed within six weeks.
The houses cost $4.9M ($4.4M for the house and $500,000 for the land).