FCCC charges landlord for locking out tenant
October 9, 2018 5:30 am
The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission has charged a landlord in Sigatoka for locking out its tenant.
Suriya Narayan is charged with one count of unconscionable conduct.
It is alleged that on September 29th Narayan used unfair tactics to confiscate household items and personal belongings and forcefully locking out Shobna Trishe.
Commission Chief Executive, Joel Abraham says Narayan forcefully evicted the tenant by taking steps which were unlawful by changing the locks.
Abraham says the landlord allegedly failed to follow the procedure under the Distress of Rent Act.
Despite this action from the landlord, the FCCC is reminding tenants to be responsible and make their payments are required by them.
“There is a process under the law which needs to be followed. We are not saying we condone tenants not paying rent on time that is a must that is your obligation as tenants you must ensure that your pay your rent on time. However, for landlords you must follow the law. There is legal requirements which are very clearly spelt out and that needs to be done.”
Abraham says under the FCCC Act, fines of up to $250,000 be applicable or 10 years imprisonment.