A house in Visakhapatanam, a city in southern Andhra Pradesh, was on the block of sale after its builder failed to complete the purchase of the house.
In April, the builder was given a 10-year term by the district collector for the sale of the property.
The builder has since sold the house, the house has gone up for sale and the developer, who had no previous experience of real estate, is looking to raise funds to purchase another house in the area.
According to residents, there is a lack of affordable housing in Viskhapatanams.
“There are only 2.5 homes for rent in the whole district,” said resident Shashi.
“It is the worst situation for people who live in the city.
There is no place to live and we are getting no help from the authorities to find affordable housing.”
Residents have also accused the builder of using his land to build two homes for his son’s relatives.
“The builder is the sole owner of the land and his son owns the other two properties,” said an elderly resident who did not want to be named.
“The builder also has the right to sell any of the properties at any time.
He should not be allowed to build any more houses on his land.”
A family of three living in an apartment in Visakapatam.
Residents said they had been forced to move out of the area after the builder failed in his work.
“He is doing a good job,” said one resident.
“But he has lost our jobs.
He is making our lives miserable.”