A warning against unauthorised modifications has gone out to homeowners in Muharraq.
Any changes to the houses can only be carried out after acquiring the requisite permits, said Muharraq Municipal Council chairman Ghazi Al Murbati.
He was speaking live yesterday on the council’s Instagram account where he warned people who flout regulations that they could end up losing their homes.
“Some modifications on government homes need proper approval,” he said.
“The information is provided on the Housing Ministry’s website; the rules are there for a reason, for the safety of the house and the neighbourhood.
“Some people want to add an extra floor, or change something in the house which could have an impact on the neighbour; certain changes may compromise the integrity of the house, or infringe on the neighbour’s land or privacy.”
This could lead to the violator losing his house, he said.
“Thing have been made easier for the homeowners now. Instead of having to wait a year before being able to apply for a permit to make a modification, a homeowner can visit the municipality and get the permit right after receiving the housing unit.”
Mr Al Murbati urged homeowners to consult with the municipality, engineering firm or the Housing Ministry before taking any decisions over modifications.
The GDN reported last year that the Capital Trustees Board had suggested three changes to the Housing Ministry: Creating a parking space outside the homes, removing a clause which stipulates that homeowners must wait a year after receiving the keys to the homes before undertaking any modifications, and leaving a gap of 1.2 metres between each property.
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