Tenants unhappy with food court state

Tenants at the Fugalei market food court are demanding that their landlord Accident Compensation Corporation (A.C.C.) takes action and addresses foul smell and water leaking from one of its client’s shops.

The shop (named) is among a group of shops in the food court area, but two tenants have told the Samoa Observer that they wrote to the Corporation on February 22 expressing their concerns, and to date are yet to get a reply to their letter.

A tenant, who did not want to be identified, said they have already raised the issue with the relevant authorities and are hoping the Ministry of Health’s inspection unit will do a random inspection. 

"This has been happening for some time now, we have talked to A.C.C. about it and the only reply we get from them is that they will discuss it when they have their Board meeting. But up until now they still haven't done anything," the tenant said. 

"We submitted a letter to the A.C.C. to lower the cost on rent, we pay $1,400 tala for a month but mind you, we pay that amount but we also have expenses to pay as well. But if you look at the state the back of this building is in the rent we’re paying ain't worth it.”

Two other tenants have already left the food court due to slow business and they wouldn't have the budget to pay for both the rent and their business expenses as well.

"Another tenant is moving in to fill that space but with this state, this is like buying a truck with no wheels to be very honest. We submitted  a letter to the Accident Compensation Corporation’s office on the 22nd February 2020 but till today there's still no response," added the tenant.

The M.O.H. inspection unit has only gone around to the area once, which the tenant argues justifies the need for a weekly audit of personal hygiene and sanitation.

"They should be coming over to check every week or perhaps once a month, but I'm telling you if the Health comes by and sees this I bet they are going to close down this space.”

The food court tenants are also aware of the health cards initiative led by the health sector for all the food handlers. However, they have asked them to conduct workshops so they could know more about it, and for him another cost as the owner. 

His employees are not stable, there are different people working each day, and with the health cards costing more than what they earn from their restaurant isn't enough to pay for the health cards and to pay his employees.

Attempts by the Samoa Observer to get a comment from the A.C.C. office and the M.O.H. were unsuccessful.

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