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    Saturday, 27 August 2016

    Chivhu residents to lose houses over council debts



    ELLEN MLAMBO
    CHIVHU BUREAU

    CHIKOMBA
    – A letter from Chikomba Rural District Council lawyers has warned that residents could have their houses auctioned if they fail to make payment plans and service their debts.
    The letters from Mangwana and Partners warns residents would be dragged to court if they fail to respond to an invitation to make a payment plan. It adds that legal costs would not only accrue to $535 per debtor but residents' houses could end up being sold to recover the debt plus legal costs.
    The current letter states that failure to respond to the council's last offer will result in the issuing and serving of summons which will attract further costs of $87 to the initial debt plus collection commission. In the event that residents do not respond to the summons served, the letter states that judgement with an order to attach any moveable property shall be applied against residents and a further $48 in legal costs shall be levied.
    The letter also states that service by the Messenger of court to notify and attach property will cause further costs of $400, therefore refusal to arrange a payment plan can add a total of $535 to the debt.
    However, residents who contacted The Mirror said they are surprised that they are being served with offer letters yet they never received monthly statements pertaining to their debts.
    Chikomba Rural District Council CEO Luckson Mutara said the issue of attachment of property was merely stated in the letters but Council is going to consult residents before taking such action. He said the council has no intentions of treating residents in a bad manner but rather want to maintain good relations with them.
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