TODAY’S EDITORIAL: Rental legislation

It is unfortunate when Government has to step in and make rules to keep seemingly intelligent adults in tow.

But it looks like that is what is needed in the latest row between tenants and landlords following the passage of Hurricane Ivan.

Too many reports have been made of landlords unscrupulously driving up rental rates just to generate extra income.

Many landlords have also been the victims of tenants refusing to do the right thing by not paying rent on time or in full when it is legitimately due.

To this end Chief Secretary George McCarthy has called on landlords to be ethical when dealing with tenants and to be sensitive when issuing rent hikes.

The Chamber of Commerce can only listen to complaints from tenants and landlords and offer advice. The group is not armed with any specific legislation to deal with this new post-Ivan problem.

A call has gone out to form a task force that could draft specific rental legislation to be presented to the Legislative Assembly.

At stake are the rights of both tenants and landlords.

The recent problems with tenants and landlords are just another lesson blown home to the Cayman Islands by Hurricane Ivan.

It would seem that in this time of national recovery all people could come together and work out personal and business issues.

Interim Tourism Director Pilar Bush has made known her wish for the people in the Cayman Islands to remember what all experienced during and immediately after the storm.

She has warned of a shift in attitudes of late and is afraid the tolerance, which most people showed, is slipping away.

Ivan brought the Cayman Islands many lessons; one of which was returning to the days when brother helped brother and neighbour aided neighbour.

This lifestyle of tolerance was once the norm in the Cayman Islands and gave this country part of its charm.

But with the rental row it appears Government is going to have to step in and mandate kindness, tolerance and fairness.

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