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Tenants Fork Out Big Dollars In Rent

‘Bus and taxi fares are cheap, so travel is cheap too. I think that is why the prices of flats have been just increasing.’
17 Jul 2019 13:16
Tenants Fork Out Big Dollars In Rent

At least four tertiary students are cramped in one-bedroom forking out $500 collectively as rent per month

This is the situation Fiji Sun found when going around Samabula in Suva looking at the housing situation in the suburb.

Long-time resident Veena Kumar, of Ono Street, said houses in the area filled up the very next day.

“People want to live in Samabula because it is close to town and all major amenities,” she said.

“Bus and taxi fares are cheap, so travel is cheap too. I think that is why the prices of flats have been just increasing.

“The house next door has three flats, one was $800, another $600 and one $500. I know that rental for all flats went up by $200 after change of tenants.”

Mrs Kumar said there were houses in the area where owners renovated it to house tertiary students, either foreign or from outside of Suva.

She said this idea was more lucrative because more rent would come in when homeowners charged per student.

Mrs Kumar added that in some cases owners did not care how many students stayed in a flat.

A little further away, Gyan Singh said he had seen rental prices for homes soar.

He added he had seen flats in the area cost as much as $4000 per month.

“It is a reality of life in Suva. If you can afford it, you stay otherwise you move further away from the city or in some cases some to squatter settlements,” Mr Singh said.

“I don’t know why rent is so inflated or why people have to dish out so much money.

“I think there is a rent freeze, but every month you get to hear of higher rent.”

Along Fulaga Street, informal houses have started springing up.

A resident at the informal settlement, Saiasi Tubuna, said people were renting there.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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