PRESS RELEASE

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF FIJI AND PUBLIC RENTAL BOARD ANNOUNCES       
RELIEF PACKAGES TO ASSIST CUSTOMERS AFFECTED BY ECONOMIC DOWNTURN RESULTING FROM COVID-19

 

2 April, 2020 Suva, Fiji – The Minister of Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Hon. Premila Kumar has announced that the Public Rental Board and the Housing Authority of Fiji (HA) Board decided to offer relief packages for customers, directly affected as a result of the COVID-19.

In announcing the relief packages, Minister Kumar said that the Housing Authority and the Public Rental Board can directly assist customers who were affected by the current situation.

“The welfare of our customers is of utmost priority and this decision has been made in order to provide relief to them especially those who have lost their jobs, had to take reduced pay or worked few days a week, Minister Kumar said.

Minister Kumar said “While these relief options will provide temporary relief, they are likely to increase the total amount owing on a loan.”

The relief package is offered to only those customers affected by the current situation and will be assessed on a case by case basis.

The customers can ask for the contract to be changed by opting for any of these options:

  • postponing loan payment i.e. repayment holiday where principal and interest payment is deferred;

  • Extending the term of their loans and reducing the amount of each payment;  

  • Extending the term of the contract and postponing debt repayments for a specified period of time (a Repayment holiday) or

  • Interest only repayment. 

All fees applicable for restructuring the loans during this period will be waived as well.

A relief package is also being offered to Public Rental Board (PRB) tenants, whose income has been directly affected by the current COVID 19 Pandemic. These tenants can apply for rental payment deferment for the next three months.

Applications for both HA and PRB relief options can be submitted to respective regional offices along with a supporting letter from the employer confirming their current employment status or a statutory declaration for those who are self-employed.

The Housing Authority of Fiji is currently providing loans to 2,772 customers, whilst PRB is currently providing 1625 rental flats for its tenants.

These relief packages for both the HA and PRB is for three months which will be reviewed on a monthly basis as the situation evolves. Customers are encouraged to contact both teams via email or by telephone under the current circumstances.

Customers who require further information on the Housing Authority relief package may contact their Divisional offices at Valelevu, Lautoka or Labasa at the following:

Toll free number: 5180

 

Email: info@housing.com.fj; website

 

For further information on the relief package for the Public Rental Board customers may call or email at the following:

 

                Central Division:     3387787

                Western Division:   6668717

                Northern Division:  8816717

 

Email: info@prb.com.fj

 

For further information please contact:

 

Mr. Sanjeeva Perera

Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Housing and Community Development

 

 

Email: sanjeeva.perera@govnet.gov.fj

Tel: 3304 364