Kenyans in the US Among Homebuyers Suing Real Estate Company Banda Homesover Stalled Project
Several homebuyers are set to sue Kenyan real estate company, Banda Homes after it failed to deliver housing projects launched two years ago despite receiving payments amounting to Sh4 billion.
The buyers, including Kenyans in the US and other foreign countries, paid Sh3.9 million each for the homes through off-plan agreements.
The 1,000 housing units were being put up in Oak Park Estate, Rosewood Estate, and Pinewood Estate—all along Kenyatta Road off Thika Superhighway.
But the construction of the houses has stalled two years after the project started, with the developer Andrew Kamau attributing this to delayed payments among other reasons.
“It is true that we have experienced delays because of various reasons (among them being) late payments from clients. We also underestimated the amount of work that we were going to put into those projects. We are actually pushing all our projects on the remaining works by a further six to eight months,” Banda Homes founder Andrew Kamau told Citizen TV.
The company also blames Covid-19 pandemic for the delay but the deadline for most of the projects elapsed around mid-2019, months before the outbreak of the disease.
Not a single homebuyer has been handed their units with structures lying unfinished with no signs of completion any time soon.
“I bought a house through Banda Homes in 2018, and I completed my payments as agreed and the delivery date was last year in April or May but the house is far from being complete,” said Anthony Kariuki, one of the home buyers.