FIJI LAND BOARD SEEKS $13 MILLION IN BACK RENT

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Tenants face eviction from property

By Sowani Koroi SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Sept. 27, 2010) - Fiji’s Native Land Trust Board (NLTB) is seeking legal advice on how to collect $25 million [US$13 million] in rental arrears owed by native land tenants.

NLTB general manager Alipate Qetaki told FijiLive that the arrears are from the past 10 years.

"We are however trying out new procedures which have seen them recover FJ$10 million [US$5 million] in the last 15 years," said Qetaki.

He stressed that the NLTB could also issue a legal order to get tenants to vacate land immediately should they refuse to pay their outstanding debts.

"Legal action will be the last step taken as we will first follow the formal procedure of persuading tenants to slowly pay up their rent."

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