Pub­lic urged to come for­ward for lease pay­ment plans

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Soloveni Masi, the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) Man­ager North West Re­gion, is urg­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to come for­ward if they are fac­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in mak­ing lease pay­ments.

He said this was in light of fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties some peo­ple may be hav­ing be­cause of the COVID-19 pan­demic.

“We have no­ti­fied peo­ple of as­sis­tance pro­vided like for those who want de­fer­ments on their pay­ments or stag­ger big pay­ments, rent; all these things we are of­fer­ing as­sis­tance and we ad­vised them to pay in in­stall­ments if it is very dif­fi­cult, es­pe­cially those with ar­rears,” he said.

He said there were dif­fer­ent forms of as­sis­tance based on the case

“For the new leases, a lot of which used to go to the Sug­ar­cane Grow­ers Fund, the pay­ments have been stag­gered. They have to come for­ward so we can show them the types of as­sis­tance we are of­fer­ing dur­ing this COVID-19 pe­riod,” he said. Mr Masi said that there were some peo­ple who had ar­rears (debts) be­fore the COVID-19 pe­riod and were us­ing this time to fur­ther de­lay their pay­ments.

“Some are us­ing this sit­u­a­tion to their ad­van­tage. Be­fore the COVID-19 pe­riod, their ar­rears were al­ready there. Many are re­gret­ting now be­cause be­fore the COVID-19 they were not both­ered with pay­ments and now they are us­ing it as an ex­cuse,” he said.

“There are gen­uine cases like un­em­ploy­ment and it is sad, but on the other hand we have to be care­ful with the landown­ers too be­cause they want their money and they will be un­der­stand­ing dur­ing this time, but when the re­stric­tions are lifted then they will start query­ing.”

Photo: Salote Qalubau

iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) Man­ager North West Re­gion Soloveni Masi.

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