Opposition wants Rent Act reviewed

June 29, 2018 7:28 AM

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Opposition spokesman on housing Dr Morais Guy says that it is time that the Government address the issue of the provisions in the Rent Restriction Act which are stacked against landlords.

Speaking in the sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Dr Guy said that one of the hindrances private entities cite, in terms of renting accommodation to tenants, was that the provisions of the Act were biased in favour of the tenants.

“We recognise that things and times have changed, from when these provisions were necessary. This was recognised from the last Administration and the process of amending the Rent Restriction Act commenced,” the Opposition spokesman said.

He noted that the Act was last amended in 1983, and argued that what now needs to happen is the removal of some of the provisions, including those which overly protect the tenant and are stacked against the landlord.

Dr Guy said that he would like to know the status of the review of the provisions of the Act, and when an amendment will be tabled in the House.

Source: jamaicaobserver.com

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