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Landlords Cannot Discriminate: FCCC

He said there was previously a case where the caretaker of residential property in Suva had displayed a notice on the gate which stated “Flat to Let” and “Indian Students Only”. “For that they were subsequently charged and fined.
02 Nov 2019 16:46
Landlords Cannot Discriminate: FCCC
Joel Abraham

Landlords cannot discriminate against tenants based on race, religion, colour, gender, culture because it is their constitutional right as a Fijian to be treated fairly.

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) has issued a stern warning against such practices, especially those who discriminate based on ethnicity.

“Racial prejudices and discrimination have no place in Fiji,” said FCCC chief executive officer (CEO) Joel Abraham.

“Fijians should not be discriminated against or denied access to any goods or services including rental of premises,”

He said there was previously a case where the caretaker of residential property in Suva had displayed a notice on the gate which stated “Flat to Let” and “Indian Students Only”.

“For that they were subsequently charged and fined.

“Under Section 26(3) (a) of the Constitution, unfairly discriminating against a person on the grounds of their race, colour, culture or ethnicity is a punishable offence,” he said.

FCCC has reminded residential landlords and caretakers of the importance of complying with the FCCC Act of 2010.

“If you are a landlord and are discriminating against Fijians because of their ethnicity, then you will face the consequences,’’ Mr Abraham said.

Mr Abraham said FCCC regulated unfair trade practices including provisions of services in Fiji and proactively monitored the Fijian markets for any unfair behaviour.

“This also applies to traders and extends to landlords,” he said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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