The ministry of works and human settlement is reviewing the housing policy that was drafted in 2002 as the government has been facing difficulty while implementing the policy.

Human Settlement Minister Dorji Choden had earlier said that the ministry was drafting a new housing policy to solve the housing issues in the big thromde like Thimphu.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay during the recent meet the press session said that implementing the housing policy was challenging due to gaps in institutional arrangement.

“Things have changed, so the ministry is reviewing the policy,” said the Prime Minister.

In August this year, at the national graduate orientation programme, Lyonpo Dorji Choden said that housing issues in Thimphu would continue to be a problem with increasing population growth. “Population growth in the capital is more than 12 percent and we do have housing problems.”

Lyonpo also said that the government is trying to solve the issues by putting in place the appropriate policy and regulations. “However, complete solution to the problem is difficult with the different choice of tenants and differently determined rents,” said the minister.

According to Tenancy Act of Bhutan 2015, owner shall ensure that a rental agreement is signed before the tenant occupies the house. However, it is found that there are only a few who follow the regulation.