Vsetin to repair Romany family's house elsewhere in Moravia
The Tulejs, a Romany family that lived in Vsetin, north Moravia, until the town moved them out and resettled in Cechy pod Kosirem, will keep living in their "new" house as the Vsetin hall will finance its repair, Cechy Mayor Zdenek Mader said today.
Vsetin Hall spokeswoman Eva Stejskalova said Vsetin would finance the urgently needed maintenance of the dilapidating house on condition the Tulejs, still officially residents of Vsetin, applied for Cechy becoming their official place of residence.
"The reconstruction is to be completed later this year. Afterwards they [the Tulejs] will become residents of Cechy," said Mader.
Czech ombudsman's spokeswoman Iva Hrazdilkova told CTK that the Tulejs would stay in Cechy, mainly because they feel that Vsetin would not like them to return.
Stejskalova stressed that Vsetin would not have the house repaired but would only finance the most urgent maintenance in order to prevent people's injuries as a result of the building's poor technical state.
Stejskalova criticised as "politicised" the construction authority's decision that the house is dangerous and must be removed. "We's appealed against it," she said.
The Tulejs were among the two dozens of Romany families whom the Vsetin municipality moved out from Vsetin in 2006. Vsetin also bought houses elsewhere in Moravia and allotted them to the resettled families who have been repaying their price to Vsetin.
The Tulejs have been regularly repaying their loan of 460,000 crowns. The house is still owned by the Vsetin municipality.
Hrazdilkova said that unlike the other Romanies moved from Vsetin, the Tulejs were neither rent-defaulters nor did they owe any money to Vsetin, and their eviction was unjustified.
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