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Landlords Not Issuing Tenancy Agreements Says Students

The Fiji Competition and Consumer Commission (Rent Increase Restriction on Residential and Ground Rent Order 2017), said it was forbidden for the landlords to increase rents and to force tenants to pay increased rents in 2019.
18 Jul 2019 12:44
Landlords Not Issuing Tenancy Agreements Says Students
It was forbidden for the landlords to increase rents and to force tenants to pay increased rents in 2019.

Some landlords are reportedly not giving tenancy agreements to their tenants while giving their houses or flats for rent.

The issue came to light during a random survey carried out by the Fiji Sun yesterday.

The three students of the University of the South Pacific, residing in a three-bedroom flat at Nabua, said their landlord took advantage of the fact that they had to pay $750 per month for a house which only should be rented for $425.

“We were told by the landlord that the rent is $750 till the Consumer Council inspected the place and evaluated the rent saying that it should be $425. In the tenancy agreement the rent is written as $425, not $750,” said one student who wished to remain anonymous for fear of being victimised.

The Fiji Competition and Consumer Commission (Rent Increase Restriction on Residential and Ground Rent Order 2017), said it was forbidden for the landlords to increase rents and to force tenants to pay increased rents in 2019.

“We talked to the landlord to decrease the rent but he had a condition that if we want to pay $425 then one or two of us should leave. If not, then three of us have to pay $750 per month,” she said.

She added they were issued receipts with the rent amount as $425 but were forced to pay $750 because they had no other places to stay in. It was closer to USP.

Another USP student shared a similar situation.

The 21-year-old who also chose to remain anonymous said she shared a two bed-room house with two other flat mates.

“The rent is $600 per month and it is not worth it,’’ she said.

“The house condition is bad, roof leakage, toilet broken, windows not secured but the landlord is not repairing anything.

Despite reminding her to use our bond money to fix the place her answer is no,’’ she said.

“We are not issued an agreement document and found out from other tenants that the landlord is illegally giving the flats for rent.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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