Housing Loans Board defers loan payments

Housing loansThe Government Housing Loans Board has decided to defer loan payments for three months in the first instance, for clients who have been affected by Tropical Storm Erika.

Chairman of the Housing Loans Board, Felix Thomas, said the decision was taken in light of the level of damage that the country’s housing stock underwent during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.

He said the decision was taken particularly for the residents of Petite Savanne who received the full force of the storm on August 27.

As a result, the village has been declared a “special disaster area” and the majority of villagers evacuated.

“We have a number of borrowers who had been affected who are unable to access their homes,” Thomas stated on state-owned DBS Radio. “In fact, some of their houses have been completely destroyed.”

He said the decision was made after consultation with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who is the minister responsible for the Board, to waive all principles and interest payments for borrowers. He said for the time being the Board will shoulder that responsibility to ensure that “there is no future hardships brought upon those persons.”

Additionally, the board also made available and is currently getting ready a three bedroom house located in the Wall House area for a large family that was affected by the storm  at no cost to the family or the government, Thomas said.

“As we say, all of us are in the recovery business,”

Meantime, according to Thomas, moves are afoot to reduce interest rates on mortgages are coming.

He said the Housing Loans Board, prior to the storm, had been given the nod of approval to seek the necessary finances for a serious reduction in the interest rates of no more than 5.5 per cent.

“We [have] presently taken a decision to hasten that move,” he noted, adding that one of the expected outcomes would be encouragement to borrowers that would in turn increase the housing stock and which in turn would create a domino effect on the island.

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4 Comments

  1. The Real Facts
    September 15, 2015

    It is no easy matter losing all you own and worrying how will you pay for what you no longer have, caused by the devastating storm. Now they have to find new accommodation. It is a great relief for them.
    I hope they all had insurance coverage. Insurance also covers money borrowed for home purchases. They have to be within a certain age group.
    I have not seen anything about Royal Bank, Barclay’s Bank and Scotia Bank. They should contact their head offices. I hope they did.

  2. 356Rivers767
    September 14, 2015

    Government Housing Loans Board is a trendsetter! Thank you sir. May you and your other board members and also the Prima Minister be richly blessed.

  3. girly girly
    September 14, 2015

    5.5% sounds sweet.

    How does it affect people who are currently paying 7.25%?

    Will we see more money in our pockets after the rates have been adjusted? Or are our instalments going to remain the same?

  4. Cyrique
    September 14, 2015

    This is very kind and considerate in the circumstances. What a relief it must be to those affected. God bless DOMINICA.

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