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Change Of Tenants Should Not Affect Rent, Official Assures

The rent freeze has been upheld since 2007 and the Commerce Commission controls the restriction of rent increase.   The audience of the Landlord and Tenant Act second round of
28 Feb 2017 11:00
Change Of Tenants Should Not Affect Rent, Official Assures

The rent freeze has been upheld since 2007 and the Commerce Commission controls the restriction of rent increase.

 

The audience of the Landlord and Tenant Act second round of public consultation heard yesterday that the change of tenants did not affect the level of rent.

“If the tenants has to move out and a new tenant comes in to replace, the rent price remains the same, it does not change it is fixed,” said Commerce Commission senior compliance officer Sekopa Ciriyamotu.

“If the Landlord is found to be in breach of this they can face a spot fine of $1000 or taken to court for prosecution.”

The consultation was held at the Sigatoka Town Council chambers attended by over 20 members of the public.

Mr Ciriyamotu said that if both parties agreed to the increase in prices they would both (tenant and landlord) be liable.

The rent freeze has been upheld since 2007 and the Commerce Commission controlled the restriction of increase of rents.

Mr Ciriyamotu made those comments after Maria Saukilagi of Olosara, Sigatoka, complained that some landlords had been increasing the price of rents even though it was illegal.

She also enquired whose right was to determine the price of the rent, in which Mr Ciriyamotu stated, “that it was the landlords who determined the price of the house on rent.

“The landlord should disclosure to tenants; there should be no false representation, information statement to be given on any proposal to sell or debt recovery,” he said.

The Commerce Commission is encouraging all stakeholders’ tenants and especially landlords to be part of the consultation and give their submission so they can hear what their thoughts and views are on the ‘Landlord and Tenants Act’.

Meanwhile, the team will be at Nadi Town Council chamber today 10am – 12pm then 5pm-7pm; in Lautoka at the Sugarcane Growers Council building at the same times on Wednesday; Khatriya Hall in Ba at the same times on Thursday; and George Shiu Raj Hall in Rakiraki at the same times on Friday.

The public are urged strongly to attend these meetings.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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