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Fiji: New laws to govern landlords and tenants

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Oct 04 2010

A new law to govern the dynamics of the relationship between tenants and landlords will be formulated within the next six months between the Attorney General’s Office and the Commerce Commission.

In a press conference this afternoon, Attorney General and Minister for Justice Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said that for decades Fiji has lacked in the area of specific laws that govern the relationship between landlords and tenants.

“Because there is a huge demand for residential property and with the rural-urban drift supply of homes in most instance are short.

“There is obviously a situation where that demand could be exploited by those carrying out the supply.

“We’ve not had laws that would govern issues like when you go and rent a residential property you may pay a bond and when you’re about to leave there is dispute about which amount of bond or how much of the bond should be retained, there’s been absolutely no laws and now we are looking at developing laws in that area.

“But in the meantime the residential rental freeze will continue and the commerce commission together with various other agencies like the real estate agencies board will work together to come up with a mechanism or a system where we have a transparent system in the residential rental market.”

Commission Chairman Dr Mahendra Reddy said the law will allow for the protection of both the landlord and tenant.

“I think the price control orders are not a sustainable solution to a growing area which is the rental market so the idea is to now use this six months window of opportunity to come up with a legislation that provides a sustainable solution to the issues raised by tenants and landlords.”

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