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Landlords hit by relocation

House owners of Gweru’s Nehosho and Senga high density suburbs have been hit hard by the removal of thousands of Midlands State University from the city to Zvishavane.

Almost half of the over 20 000 MSU students are being moved to the new Zvishavane campus where they will be using the defunct Mashava mine infrastructure.

A huge chunk of the MSU Gweru students were using rented accommodation in Senga and Nehosho were they were squatting in dozens and paying monthly rentals of not less than $80 per head.
Most Landlords in these two suburbs had converted their houses into lodges and were making brisk business from desperate students.
Rentals in Gweru have been reduced by almost half because of the exodus of students.

“When I came here two years ago the four (4) of us were sharing one room and paying $80 each every month, but since last month the rentals have been reduced to $50 and I am now staying alone,” said a student who stays in Senga.

“My Landlord has requested me to look for others and offered me a commission in the form of rent reduction.
“Initially we were 15 students using three rooms but not its only five of us left”, another student who stays in Nehosho lamented.- ZIMEYE

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