The charge was filed after homebuyers refused to pay the tax outlined in contracts with the real estate company
The judge at the Federal First Instance Fifth Commercial Bench, Sitayehu Zeleke, has accepted the amended charge by
The real estate Developer first filed the suit to the First Instance Civil Court Lideta division on
According to the charge, Habitat and the homebuyers signed a deal which says the real estate developer agrees to construct and deliver houses to the buyers in different designs, and the home buyers agree to pay the total cost of the construction along with taxes.
Habitat's charge claims that all of the homebuyers refused to pay the tax, while the Company asked them orally and by paper several times to make the total payment. Additionally, some of the homebuyers built the houses not in accordance to the designs they were provided by the real estate developer; this led to further disagreement, says the charge.
Following the disagreement with the homebuyers, the real estate developer sent a letter requesting that the defendants select a mediator for the settlement of the dispute, but they refused, claims the charge.
Habitat requested that the court organise a panel of arbitrators and arbitrary judges who could solve the dispute among them, according to article nine of the general agreement, which was signed between Habitat and the homebuyers.
After the real estate developer filed the suit on
During the court session, held on
The lawyer of the defendants,
But the lawyer of Habitat, Belete, said they did not insert an additional claim, but on the newly amended charge the tripartite agreement variation, which was signed between the defendant and the real estate developer, was included as additional evidence.
After hearing both sides, the judge adjourned the case for the next day to give ruling ether to accept the amended charge or to reject it. On the next day,
Sintayehu also ordered the defendants to submit their statement of defence on
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