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‘Can we get 2nd & 3rd readings for tenants & landlords?- Hon Christian

November 13th, 2017 | Tags:
Junior Minister for Tourism, Honourable Archibald C. Christian (AL) has asked for legislation regarding tenants and landlords and consumers and suppliers (consumer protection bill) be brought to the House of Assembly with the same urgency legislation regarding Financial Services are brought. Photo: VINO/File
There have been many complaints by tenants of being treated unfairly by landlords following the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO
There have been many complaints by tenants of being treated unfairly by landlords following the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Commenting on the fact that legislation affecting the Financial Services sector is urgently brought to the House of Assembly (HoA) and pushed through in little time, Junior Minister for Tourism, Honourable Archibald C. Christian (AL) has asked for legislation regarding tenants and landlords and consumer and supplier be brought to the House with the same urgency.

Giving his contribution to the bill entitled Financial Services (Special Circumstances) Act 2017, brought to the Eleventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly today, November 13, 2017 by Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), Hon Christian said the HoA has been fortunate from time to time to receive full support from the Members when it comes to financial services legislation and amendments; however, a whole host of concerns has arisen in the Territory following the hurricanes and which urgently needs legislation in place.

Tenants/Landlord Legislation

Among the concerns were that of persons being given a hard time by insurance companies, being cheated by suppliers/businesses and tenants being taken advantage of by landlords.

Hon Christian said he has heard complaints of rents being increased and landlords putting tenants out.

According to Hon Christian, the need for a tenants/landlord legislation has been mentioned many times before in the HoA and in Speeches from the Throne; however, it is time for such a legislation to provide protection for the tenants and the landlords, “because you have issues on both sides of the fence.”

He added that because of Hurricanes Irma and Maria there have been instances on the ground now where we have to “move with a bit of haste” to ensure consumers, suppliers, tenants and landlords are protected.

“Can we get second and third readings for tenants and landlords? Can we get second and thirds readings for consumer protection? We been talking about this for years. I think I was a teenager when I heard people in the BVI talking about consumer protection….and we still talking about them.”

Earlier, Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) also brought up the issue of tenants being untreated unfairly by landlords and also called for a similar legislation.

32 Responses to “‘Can we get 2nd & 3rd readings for tenants & landlords?- Hon Christian”

  • believe (13/11/2017, 19:46) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    While in some instances landlords may take advantage of tenants; tenants do the same. Some tenants want to do what they want in your house and want to pay rent when they want. Remember if you have a mortage to bank has to be paid with no excuses.
    • reason (13/11/2017, 21:36) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Some landlord don't maintain their apartment , they just collect rent. Apartment building does not even paint from it was built, they will watch everything you do they monitor, I saw a lady saying that she ask her landlord for time in September end of month going in October and he said he has bills too. Government plead for everyone to just give us a break to catch ourselves they say we must go home if we cant pay . Can you believe live in an apartment 17yrs or more and you were told that? we know some people get pay late so they will be a little late come on treat your people right as long as they paid you.
  • HAHA (13/11/2017, 19:50) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
    Archie you finally grow some ballllls. Thank you better late than never but you still getting vote out next election.
  • It"s about time (13/11/2017, 20:43) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thank you Honorables. I want to see what is in that document because if it doesn't address the grievances of both landlords and tenants evenly we going send you all back with it.

    On another note, while you are at it don't forget the looting bills. we are still in the 2017 hurricane season with 17 more days to go and after that ends, 6 months to go before the 2018 hurricane hits. (An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.)
  • ... (13/11/2017, 20:44) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    He speaking good but we need the whole lot gone
  • nonsense (13/11/2017, 20:51) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    You all are going down a serious road with this bill before u bring that bill forth setup an agency where you can check some one credit line before they rent your place. To See what sought of credit score they have and if they owe anyone else and have a high delinquent rate to paying bills including other landlords.

    But you all aint going to do that because most of the people who rent are BVislanders and the country is been unfairly steered out of BVIslanders hands not to mentioned the growing middle class. You all not getting it people are losing their property because some of these people not paying.

    How can a serious bill like that be rushed through the house of assembly. Most of these people dont want to pay their rent. They want the country to be a welfare state that is why many of them including some BVIslanders want to get to America the land of freebs and welfare.
  • Gracioli (13/11/2017, 21:02) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Stupid NDP. Tired hear all you.
  • next (13/11/2017, 22:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So when he in caucus why the hell he does not fight there? His government in power jack ruby
  • wip (13/11/2017, 23:39) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    So some tenants could whip up a good lie and try to take you for a ride like landlord born yesterday.
    • Lord o (14/11/2017, 06:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      The lease land lord could have done was to provide tenants with the materials to bar up.. We would have get it done...the landlord that didn't make an the effort has to take responsibility.. Kudos to the landlords and tenants that made the effort to secure their property.. Then again with this wicked and powerful storm if Windows and doors were bar up and the winds didn't get to go its way it will have blown some of those houses flat to the ground....
  • music (14/11/2017, 02:21) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Two days before ms Irma hit tortola I watched my landlord secure his Windows and doors upstairs where he lives I stopped and asked him for my windows to be protected he told me just so not enough material to do that I said ok, irma came windows broke doors gone I lost every single thing in that room including my son school books uniform I mean everything the whole place flood I still thank Jehovah God for keeping my family safe. Now this is the juicy part almost 2 weeks after my lanlord game to me and told me you know I did not give u contract to sign before I rent you the place I have it now for you to sign. I said to her is two years now I rented from you and you never gave me any paper to sign after irma and maria almost the whole place leaking anytime I wash dishes dirty water came straight from the sink to the bathroom I told them i will sign not until you fix the place, my landlord told If I can't sign the form I must get out of the place I told them nicely will move because I can't live like in thi mess this landlord has no heart, I'm a tenant always pay my rent on time never late not one day I have all my receipt to back it up and you treat me like that, I have letter say I must leave the place on the 15th I look all over I can't find any I asked for more time they told me I lucky to have more than a month to look for a place , the lanlord told me if I was in India where they come from landlords have right to just kick you out at any time.well I'm waiting to see what their plan the 15 is soon almost there



    • please (14/11/2017, 05:21) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
      Although the landlord has a responsibility for their property you also have a responsibility for your possessions. Why did you not secure the doors and windows yourself. Deduct any costs from the following months rent and fight it out with the landlords. Doing nothing has caused you to be in this position I am afraid.
    • So (15/11/2017, 13:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Apparently you have a month to month lease. Lucky you landlord wants to now give u a contract. You are a squatter after a months paid rent so my dear seriously consider your options.
  • Nikki (14/11/2017, 02:48) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Listen to my story I live lower estate for about 7years my landlord never have problem with me when it comes to pay my rent any problems at all, now the roof gone completely I live downstairs the whole place leaking is 8 buckets I have to put everyday to collect water in the bedroom everywhere when rain fall it worst my children have to sit some place with an umbrella don't matter what time day or night.the landlord lives in st thomas the person who responsible for the place come by the apartment and see what's going on ask me to pay the full price which I refuse the lady let out a some big F word in front my little children and told me the landlord is coming friday the 17th of November to kick me out I'm looking for place all over I can't find one my children already stress out more because of the condition of the place they can't sleep when rain fall every corner wet I want some body to come check this place and see what exactly i'm talking about she say this friday she is going to throw away all stuffs on the street i'm waiting .
  • BVI STRONG (14/11/2017, 05:55) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Them landlords stupid go to the police for them is no way you can find an apartment to rent now all of up mess up she can't throw your stuff in the street like that
  • Rymer (14/11/2017, 06:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please tell the crazy landlords to take the chill pill and give the tenants time to look for place the house is in bad shape leaking everywhere but the still want the tenants them to pay you full price this is a shame
  • loco (14/11/2017, 06:09) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    My land lady told me some nonsense like that too I don't even study her I pray one day I meet her inside my apartment without my permission she would find out what time it is
  • Great Brewley (14/11/2017, 06:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Your place is in bad shape the landlords you lost stuffs water everwhere you turn you can only stay there to look for a place. Listen to me now take picture blast them on facebook posted everywhere let the world know
  • FIRE (14/11/2017, 06:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I totally agree with you blast them all
  • Shoots (14/11/2017, 06:33) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Archie you are full of piss!!! That's why we put you all in there . You are called a LEGISLATOR . You are called to LEGISLATE. In other words your job description includes bringing bills to the House for review, debate and passage. Instead of talking you should have long crafted a piece of Legislation and bring it forward. GROW SOME BALLS. If you don't know how to write/draft a piece of legislation ...hire a draftsman who would put it together for you. Shoots!
  • Street reporter. Kudos.. (14/11/2017, 06:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have to agree. But he is missing the most important piece the piece that the people on the streets are most concern about..A labour law that give an employer the authority to send employees home for 3 months without a dime.. A law that allow the employer to humiliate employees after 3 months they show up and be told their services are not needed.. A law that doesn't require the employer to give the employees at lease 2 to 3 weeks notice of their job status to be prepared one way or the other..this is an in humane law..(We know that the storm is an excuse for some greedy heartless emploers that think this the time to let go and create fear and have one person doing 3 people Work)...No one seems to have the courage to touch it...We know in the NDP party they all respect picko soo much to the point where they are afraid of him afraid to tell him their minds....Like one blogger said. It will take Frazer to fix this..
    • Jill (14/11/2017, 09:17) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Maybe we should start looking at unemployment benefits like the States. Their Labour Department manage that process, it would require another tax (maybe 1%), but it could be very helpful in future issues of layoffs, where you can receive a percentage of your most recent wages/salary. People still need some kind of income to live. I wonder if most of the population would welcome that.
  • Street reporter. Kudos.. (14/11/2017, 06:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have to agree. But he is missing the most important piece the piece that the people on the streets are most concern about..A labour law that give an employer the authority to send employees home for 3 months without a dime.. A law that allow the employer to humiliate employees after 3 months they show up and be told their services are not needed.. A law that doesn't require the employer to give the employees at lease 2 to 3 weeks notice of their job status to be prepared one way or the other..this is an in humane law..(We know that the storm is an excuse for some greedy heartless emploers that think this the time to let go and create fear and have one person doing 3 people Work)...No one seems to have the courage to touch it...We know in the NDP party they all respect picko soo much to the point where they are afraid of him afraid to tell him their minds....Like one blogger said. It will take Frazer to fix this..
  • vi (14/11/2017, 10:03) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    What about tenants who live in apartments that does not have any sort of damage but refusing to pay their rent? What should the landlords do with those tenants? There are many homeless people who can and will pay their rent but where they live were destroyed and are now forced to live in shelters or with other people. There are wicked tenants too.
  • Jill (14/11/2017, 10:08) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't know of any country where the employer has to pay the employee for the time they are being layoff. The main reason employer layoff is due to a down turn in business, where they need to make changes to keep the business afloat. These changes usually includes cutting operating cost which employee would fall under. The Labour Code does require notice of termination on both sides. Please read the Labour Code 2010.
  • Solutions (14/11/2017, 11:28) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    If the landlords fails to maintain their houses tenants in should find suitable places. If tenants do not abide landlords have them evicted. Over and out!
  • Advise (14/11/2017, 12:25) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    A rennet rent my apartment furnished and we'll kept. He has inside and outside nasty. Brought all sort of car junk and has the outside depressing. Numerous times asked to clean up my premises and refused. Shouldn't eviction be next?
  • huh (14/11/2017, 12:33) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Landlord tenant legislation I WANT TO SEE IT
    too many tenants looking for the newest and best and cannot pay their rent, don't change over or pay utilities then want to call shots
    so MAKE SURE YOU ADDRESS
    - forfeiture of deposit
    - criminal damage of apartments
    - unlawful tenants moved in by tenants
    - subletting
    - modifications by tenants
    - interest on late rent payments
    - defamation by tenants of landlords
    - referencing for tenants by landlords
    - EVICTION
    - expediting of court claims by landlords against tenants
    - tenants who provide false information to get into apartments
    - tenants and loss of jobs
    - grounds for immediate eviction
    - the situation where how many tenants got up and left landlords high and dry
    - improper notice by tenants
    - tenants not returning property of landlord
    - tenants wilful or unreasonable damage to apartments and furnishings
    DO I HAVE ROOM TO CONTINUE WITH THIS LIST? FOR THIS IS GOING TO TAKE ALL DAY
  • Mio (14/11/2017, 12:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The available housing stock (rental) is in shambles. Many ‘landlords’ neither have or had property insurance that fully covered losses. Renters (all) probably do not have any insurance in their assets held within the premises. Unemployment is rising weekly and cost of livin has dramatically increased as well. PTSD is rife throughout the communities which will stretch the healthcare system even further with contributions falling. So to add more fuel to the fire, persons are being evicted from uninhabitable properties if they refuse to pay rent - amazing the humanity in some of you beasts!
    • Mia (15/11/2017, 13:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The inhumanity of these beasts fo true. Tenants expecting landlords to go live in a shelter,or in a car or nowhere andpay the mortgage, repair the property while they the tenant high and dry in the landlord house squatting .,beast is right. Looting and squatting is second nature to some folks. As long as thieving and taking advantage is part of life tis ok. NO shame in dem game whatsoever.
  • Mindful (14/11/2017, 18:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You need to make the distinction between people who may have a unit or two and use the extra funds to pay their mortgage vs some one who has multiple units functioning as a business. Also in the first case where the landlord may have occupied the top floor that is now damage please tell me what is that landlord to do, should they be out on the street while the tenant live comfy in the house the land lord owns. Also even if your bank allowed you 3 month that 3 months is still owed, so are you telling me an individual that is still working should be allowed to live in your building rent free. Yes perhaps if they are out of work maybe some arrangement can be made but think we need to visits these issues very carefully.
  • Probkem (15/11/2017, 13:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Renters somehow are under the impression that landlords have no right to their property just because., nuttin tall go so...Tis theirs and if he want it and u have no contract then get out. He has his needs that are dire just like you and he is not your Government, your Jesus or a charity. Place so unlivable you say, well all the reason to be movin,so that he/ she could move on with progress in their life,..Bashing landlords on media does not help the cause either.


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