A few days ago, a home owner stormed the 6th floor of the TRV plaza in Westlands where the head office of Mahiga Homes Ltd is located, he was demanding to talk to the directors of the off-plan real estate company.
The furious home buyer, Benjamin Muriithi a Kenyan who lives and works in diaspora said he had earlier written a letter to the company directors and sales team to refund the money he had invested in the firm a year a go after he realized that his dreams of owning a home were cut short.
However, Mr. Muriithi was not allowed to see the company bosses, one of the company’s sales representative tried to column him down but he could hear none of it.
“I feel conned,” Mr. Muriithi told this writer.
“I have paid more than Ksh3.7m in three monthly installments and I was told my house will be ready by January this year, no updates have been given to me up to now. They don’t pick calls they don’t reply to texts or letters,” said Mr. Muriithi who is now taking legal action against the company.
Mahiga Homes rolled out its off plan projects in 2018 and its model drew plenty of interest, particularly on social media, where the company launched facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, that attracted a huge following.
The company owners too advantage of the biting housing shortage around the country, exacerbated by high urbanization rates, placing homes as highly prized possessions.
Last year the firm directors who sell their off plan houses at design stage travelled around the world to market their housing model to Kenyans who live in Diaspora.
Majority of Kenyans who live outside the country dream of owning homes in their motherland and most of them invested in Mahiga Homes Ltd.
An attractive payment plan by the company also gave them time to work for their money as the construction goes on.
However, things didn’t go well as thousands of home owners like Mr. Muriithi are yet to have keys for their houses more than 18 months later.
Investigation has shown that Mahiga homes have been taking deposits from Kenyans who live abroad with projections that money will keep trickling in as they develop homes.
Those who home owners who live in Kenya also said they were duped and are currently gnashing their teeth and going through hectic law processes to recover their stolen investments.
Calls to Mahiga Homes in efforts to see the projects as potential buyers were not successful. The firm said that all they could offer are photos and that all their completed houses are fully occupied.
A detailed check around the residence of Cornerstones and Kimunyu along Kenyatta Road, however, shows that the sewerage line is yet to be completed with some houses with flushing units not working posing health hazards to the families.
The residents, who are on their own, after sinking millions into the project, are now using a make-shift bio-digester. Mahiga homes has been the subject of discussion on social media with home buyers complaining of poorly done house units in Nairobi and Kajiado.
Mahiga homes has been a subject of discussion lately from Kenyans on social media as it’s home buyers complain of poorly done house units in Nairobi and Kajiado areas.
Further investigation has shown that the real estate company has only handed over 62 units since it’s inception. The company is also accused of lying to people that it owns quarries from which it sources it’s products.
Mahiga homes ltd is also alleged to be building on a public land in Ruai which has made the county government of Nairobi deny permit as it seeks to repossess land.
It was also revealed that the real estate company has only handed over 62 units since it’s inception. Home owners are also accusing the firm of lying to them that it owns quarries from which it sources it’s products.
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