20 illegal rent increase cases in court
July 19, 2019 7:21 am
The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission revealed they’re taking matters regarding Landlord and tenancy issues to court.
Acting Chief Executive Senikavika Jiuta says for this year alone they’ve filed around 20 illegal rent increase cases which is currently in court.
Jiuta says despite the rent freeze order in place for the eleventh consecutive year, landlords are still illegally increasing the rent.
“As far as FCCC taking action on landlords that are illegally increasing rent, we are doing that as per the provisions of the act that allows us to do that.”
She adds currently there is no landlord and tenant legislation.
Jiuta says they also received some complaints from students however FCCC has mediated the issues.
“If we find any breaches as per our act, we do take legal action so the students that are actually sharing facilities, we have received complaints on that and we have mediated most of those issues.”
The rent freeze which has been extended until the end of this year makes it mandatory for the landlords to issue proper agreements and accurate receipts to tenants.