Applications reopens for victims of SeaLife scam for Vinares units

A concept photo of Vinares flats. (Photo/HDC)

Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has reopened applications to purchase apartments under the Vinares housing project for those who made down payments to SeaLife for a planned apartment complex in Hulhumale’ – which was later revealed to be a scam. 

An announcement made by HDC on Tuesday read that applications have been reopened for those who showed proof they made down payments to SeaLife, and were given refunds by HDC.

HDC said that they are reopening applications as they continue to receive complaints that a lot of SeaLife victims were not able to complete the registration during the initial period announced earlier.

On this note, they have requested individuals interested in purchasing units from Vinarest units to complete their registration via this link prior to 15:30, next Monday.

HDC has also instructed those who have yet to receive a refund for their down payments for the SeaLife Complex to submit proof of payment via email to [email protected] and register for the Vinares units.

SeaLife was contracted by HDC to build 3,000 housing units, the SeaLife Complex in Hulhumale’, back in 2014. 

280 tenants paid a booking fee of MVR 50,000 (some more than MVR 50,000). But the SeaLife Complex was never built and the tenants were never reimbursed for their down payments. 

The cumulative total of the booking fees collected by SeaLife is estimated to be upwards of MVR 14 million. 

SeaLife Global’s managing director Ahmed Moosa Mohamed (Ammaty) stands trial on 42 charges of embezzlement in connection to the case. 

HDC expects the Vinares units to be completed in mid-2022. 

1,344 units will be built in Hulhumale' Phase II under the project. The units will have three rooms with attached toilets and a balcony. The units will be in 10 towers with 13 floors each. 

The project will have four categories of units; marina view, inner view, outer view and standard view. The standard view units are 883 square feet, while units in the remaining categories at 902 square feet.