Extended rent freeze – FBC News


The rent freeze on residential and land rents has been extended.

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission said the extension was based on its assessment of the 2020 Residential and Land Rents Rent Increase Restriction Order, which expired yesterday.

The extension means that from today, landlords no longer need to charge rent for the rental or continued rental of residential rental space, including land rent – beyond the applicable rent at the same premises in 2021.

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Managing Director Joel Abraham said rent control in Fiji now performs broader functions, such as protecting consumers and making residential rental properties accessible, especially at a time when COVID-19 has had a major impact. impact on the livelihoods of many Fijians.

Abraham says the past two years have been the toughest for many, due to COVID-19.

The rent freeze was initially implemented on March 2, 2007.

The FCCC will actively participate in the discussions and ensure that the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants are taken into account on an equal basis.

This will ensure a balanced legislative framework coupled with an enforcement that is present to protect both landlords and tenants.

The chief executive said any illegal rent increases or failure by landlords to issue proper agreements and receipts should be reported to the Commission.

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