MVR 200,000 fine for merging two Hiyaa apartments

An aerial view of Hiyaa Flats in Hulhumale' Phase II. (Sun Photo/Mohamed Hayyan)

Tenants of two Hiyaa apartments have been slapped with an MVR 100,000 fine each for merging them.

Urbanco said a report was made to the corporation regarding two Hiyaa apartments that have been merged by breaking down the wall that separates them. In the course of their investigation, they have now identified the two apartments.

They detailed that the middle wall, separating the two apartments, had been broken down while undertaking the interior works to transform the two two-room apartments into one four-room apartment in violation of the stipulated regulations. The tenants of each apartment, following the conclusion of Urbanco’s investigation, have been fined MVR 100,000 each.

They have been instructed to settle the fine within the next five days.

Urban announced they will be taking action against Hiyaa tenants in violation of the stipulated regulations last February after taking note of various forms of violations that hinders other residents. Subsequently, the corporation carried out inspections to identify such violations.

These inspections revealed structural changes at some apartments, despite it being forbidden, among other types of violations. Urbanco said they are working on taking adequate action with respect to the violations taken note of during inspections.

Urbanco carries out intermittent inspections of Hiyaa apartments. They stressed lack of cooperation from tenants regarding violations noted during inspections despite being cautioned.