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Students Allege Landlords Bullies

The University of the South Pacific Student Association is concerned about how some landlords allegedly imposed high rents on students. The association’s federal chairperson, Whitlam Utuala Saeni, said they had
31 Jan 2015 11:11
Students Allege Landlords Bullies
Whitlam Utuala Saeni.

The University of the South Pacific Student Association is concerned about how some landlords allegedly imposed high rents on students.

The association’s federal chairperson, Whitlam Utuala Saeni, said they had received complaints from students being victimised, bullied and robbed financially by their landlords.

“It is very inappropriate for some landlords to increase the rents because some of the houses are too old, have mosquito breeding in them and are very unhygienic,” Mr Saeni said.

“All landlords must take heed of what type of licence they hold. We will not tolerate landlords who take advantage of the students. These situations disturb our mental preparation and negatively affect our school performance.”

The message is mostly directed to landlords around Flagstaff, Nailuva, Laucala Bay, Raiwaqa and Vatuwaqa.

He said students used to co-operate with the landlords because they feared being homeless.

“Students under loan schemes granted by the Government will also be disadvantaged when the high rent adds up.

“Charging high rents not only robs students and their families but it also directly robs the Government loan initiative that is assistance for student accommodation.”

Mr Saeni believes any student, be it Fijian or a regional, must be treated fairly.

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