Landlord takes lawyer to court over rent

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Suva-based lawyer and Fiji Rugby Union interim administrator Simione Valenitabua appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday over claims he owed his former landlord $20,000 in unpaid rent.

A civil action was filed against Simione and Unaisi Valenitabua for non-payment of monthly housing rental at a property in Samabula, Suva.

It was claimed the two defendants entered into a tenancy agreement with the plaintiff Sophie Foster and were tenants at the said property from November, 2018 to May, 2020.

Ms Foster’s lawyer Vamarasi Faktaufon said the duo vacated the property without clearing their rental arrears and owe her $20,000.

He said the agreement was for them to deposit their monthly rent into Ms Foster’s bank account.

Mr Faktaufon said the defendants had agreed to a payment arrangement.

He said they would come up with a payment schedule which would be discussed at the next court date on June 1.

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