Delay of allowance affects students’ rental

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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

Cramped conditions which students have to endure in costly rented houses in Fiji. Photo from Fiji Sun.

DELAY of house rental payments in Fiji is beyond Solomon Islands University of the South Pacific (USP) students’ capability putting the blame back to the national government.

Due to the government’s usual failure to pay students allowance on time, Solomons USP students face the situation of landlords refusing them to rent their houses.

“Some landlords have not allowed their homes to be rented by us this year because of slowness experienced in not quickly paying our rentals,” said concerned USP students speaking to Island Sun last night.

Last week, USP students from Solomon Islands also reported being exploited by landlords charging exorbitant rents for poor quality accommodation.

Published by the leading Fiji newspaper Fiji Sun, these students are being charged as much as $300 per month each for a single room in which as many as 12 people are squeezed into.

From estimation, 300 Fijian dollars is more than a thousand Solomon dollars.

The focus area of concern in Suva for poor quality accommodation is at Nasese.

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