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Mr. Anand Sanasie, owner of the buildings that presently house the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Headquarters, has filed legal action against the Commission for alleged outstanding rent of $9,225,000.
The applicant is contending GECOM, at a statutory meeting held on 18th January 2022, approved the new Terms and Conditions for occupancy, and agreement was signed between the two parties (GECOM and Senasie) on 4th February 2022 for the new contract that include the rental increase by 50 per cent.
The properties’ owner, in Fixed Date Application filed last September, is asking the court to award him judgment of $5,996,250 under agreement made in February, 2022 with GECOM for the rental of Lot 9 Fort and Barrack Street, Kingston, Georgetown, and $3,228,750 for 31 Fort and Barrack Street, Kingston, Georgetown.
Further, the court is being asked to direct GECOM to pay $1,998,750 and $ 1,076,250 in monthly rentals for the lots effective from the date as stipulated in the agreement until the contract comes to an end or is legally terminated. The increase in rent, per the filing, took effect from January this year.
The applicant stipulated he is not opposed to GECOM continuing to occupy the buildings under the same terms and agreements as in the previous contract but this must include the 50 per cent increase in rent for a period of three years as agreed to between the two parties.
Senasie is being represented by attorney-at-law Ron Motilall