Landlords and tenants relationship in improving sanitation in Dar es Salaam

One of the key challenges for improving sanitation in slums is the issue of land, structure, and ownership. During a study conducted by Tanzania Urban Poor Federation and Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI) in 2012, community members from Keko Machungwa settlement in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, highlighted the relationship between tenants and landlords as paramount to the success of efforts to improve sanitation in their settlement.

Most houses in informal settlements in Tanzania are owned by individual landlords and rented to people within the settlements.The landlord and tenants’ relationship is critical in addressing sanitation in urban informal settlements because decision making regarding latrine choice and improvement is made by landlords who are also responsible for investment costs. Despite these responsibilities most landlords have not paid much attention to the improvement and construction of good toilets within their houses.

This report, prepared by the Centre for Community Initatives in Dar es Salaam, looks at the case of Zaituini Mohamed, a tenant, and Secilia Selamani Mbwana, a landlord, to explore the different roles and responsibilities of each party in improving sanitiaton in the settlement.Tenants can provide information regarding available loans and finance for improving sanitation within their respective households, while landlords can ensure that toilets are maintained and that rents do not increase once these facilities are improved.

For more information on the Tanzania SDI Alliance’s efforts to build relationships between tenants and landlords to improve sanitation at scale, read the full report here.

Ariana K. MacPherson is affiliated with teh  Shack/Slum Dwellers International Secretariat in Cape Town, South Africa. This article was cross-posted from Shack/Slum Dwellers international

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