Pub­lic Rental Board owed $131,344.83

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - FILIPE NAIGULEVU

The Pub­lic Rental Board has ac­cu­mu­lated a to­tal of $131,344.83 rent ar­rears as of Septem­ber this year, PRB act­ing gen­eral man­ager, Patrick Veu, has re­vealed. He made the rev­e­la­tion while pre­sent­ing their 2013 and 2014 An­nual Re­ports be­fore the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on So­cial Af­fairs in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

The re­port re­vealed that ac­tive ten­ants’ ar­rears amounted to $95,717.08 while va­cated ten­ants’ ar­rears to­talled $35,627.75. This means that 4.3 per cent of rental in­come was rental ar­rears. “We an­tic­i­pate to re­duce this to around three per cent come in De­cem­ber,” Mr Veu said. PRB man­ager fi­nance and ad­min­is­tra­tion Ajay Kumar said their ex­ist­ing ten­ants were among some of the con­straints faced by the PRB in­clud­ing fund­ing. Com­mit­tee mem­ber and Op­po­si­tion MP Salote Radro­dro ques­tioned the strate­gies put in place by PRB to ef­fec­tively man­age the high rental ar­rears. Mr Veu said they had looked into get­ting all ten­ants on di­rect de­duc­tions in­stead of cash pay­ments to contain the rental ar­rears. “We had wanted to get all our ten­ants on di­rect de­duc­tion but be­cause of the need for hous­ing, we had to re­lax it a bit so that those who can show us in­come can pay through cash pay­ments which is some­thing that is very dif­fi­cult for our peo­ple to fol­low up,” he said. The PRB is work­ing on sev­eral projects in­clud­ing the Kal­abu Hous­ing Project in Nas­inu, the Naqere Hous­ing Project in Savusavu, Simla Hous­ing Project in Lautoka and the Na­maka Hous­ing Project in Nadi.

Mean­while, a $15.3 mil­lion Vo­tua, Korolevu, hous­ing project is in the plan­ning stage while works on the mas­ter plan is be­ing done to the Rai­waqa ex-four storey build­ing and sew­er­age sites.

Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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