« The first issue to resolve these issues is to encourage tenants to contact their landlords and apply in writing to ensure that the exact information about the lease is recorded in writing. » Parties to a lease agreement should always bear in mind that any communication made during the negotiation can only be or can be believed if it is recorded in writing. Tenants should also act responsibly and apply for a lease before moving into the rented property. FrCS CEO Visvanath That said all students who are under TELS and who rent should have entered into a lease. The FCCC says that landlords and tenants have a contract, and if tenants are not able to pay the rent, then they should engage in social dialogue to get a new agreement. That said, the agreement should be certified by a justice of the peace or a commissioner of the Agency before he or she sends it to the FRCS for stamp duty. For example, owners should keep copies of all leases and receipts for up to seven years. Recently, the FCCC has been inundated with complaints from tenants against landlords because they do not have proper records of leases and receipts. Council reminds landlords to submit leases and duly executed receipts for all rents paid to tenants. The Commission also reminds tenants to act responsibly and read and understand the lease before signing the rental property and settling into the rental property. If your landlord is able to agree on the proposed terms, make sure you comply with the terms of the amendment to the agreement. In previous years, the FRCS has had cases where unregistered lenders entered into agreements with students under the tertiary loan and scholarship program and the FRCS did not reported rental income. TELS Chairman Bobby Maharaj stressed that to qualify the agreement, certain other requirements must be met.
The FRCS also requires landlords and tenants to check the tax identification number to verify that the agreement is genuine. Similarly, a tenant would not be considered a tenant unless he is bound by a tenancy agreement. According to the by-law, « between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020, a person may not charge rent for the rental or rental of dwellings, including basic rents, which are subject to the law and exceeds the rent applicable to these premises as of December 31, 2019. » In addition, in accordance with paragraph 3 of the Fiji Competition and Consumers Commission, Fiji`s Rental Price Commission is planning an increase in rents for the 2017 lease brake, namely that landlords must keep records of leases and receipts to the satisfaction of the commission.