Government Extends Housing Rental Freeze In Fiji

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Rent control hoped to address housing market issues

By Indrani Krishna

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Jan. 2, 2013) – Fiji's government has extended the Rental Freeze Order till 31 December 2013 as well as placed a Rent Increase Restriction and Ground Rent order effective yesterday.

This is based on a submission from the Commission, the Attorney General and Minister for Public Enterprise. Commission’s chairperson, Dr. Mahendra Reddy said that the interest in this sector arises from the primary reason that rent control is a form of government intervention to regularize the imperfection of Fiji’s housing market.

"The imperfection in the market has arisen due to a major shortage of housing in the market amid rising demand for it arising out increased rural to urban migration," Dr. Reddy said.

He further said that motives of rent control have significantly changed since its inception in the early seventies.

Landlords are reminded that any person or class of persons (including the State) shall keep to the satisfaction of the commission such records and documents, including Letting Agreements and receipts, as are customary and proper in respect of the letting or continued letting of the premises under any tenancy to which the Decree applies.

Additionally, complaints against landlords who violate provisions of the Commerce Commission decree 2012 should not be used as a basis to evict tenants.

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