Sad to say, but a lot of Surinamers don't know how to do business. They would rather sit on an empty expensive house or other item than sell or rent it for cheaper. I see it too much on Facebook that someone is trying to sell something that's second hand for the price of an original. Starting business owners as well, especially in electronics. They sell old outdated "new" stuff like laptops for more than what a 2020 model would cost. That's why till now I have bought almost every major electronic item I own online, anything that can be transported on a plane that is, and as the "tech guy" in the family, I usually advise them to do the same.
I think not allowing large families in smaller spaces has also been ruined by others for you. The larger families tend to leave homes in worse state and/or occupy the home without paying, sometimes because of a dispute and sometimes because they can't due to having to care for a large family. These "squatters" are difficult to remove, due to lack of adequate laws, and the court cases can take years to even commence. I'm guessing some landlords are traumatized or very careful because of this. This doesn't apply to you of course. 😅 You guys are trustworthy people.