Landlords urged to register their property

Director of  the Rent Assessment Unit, Shenese Headlam, is encouraging landlords to register their property, in light of  impending amendments to the Rent Restriction Act.
Some fines in the Act, which took effect in 1983, will be increased.
Mrs Headlam says properties should be registered with the Rent Assessment Unit as in addition to the fines, the registration fee will be increased by more than 100 percent.
She told JIS that currently, the registration fee for landlords is 20 dollars and the fine for failure to register rental properties with the Rent Assessment Board, five thousand dollars or imprisonment.
The current Rent Restriction Act applies to all dwelling houses, except those that are let for boarding, let for housing under the Housing Act or declared exempt by the Minister of Housing.

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