Landlords asked to waive rent
Mayor Benjamin Magalong appealed to owners of apartments and other residential rental establishments in the city to waive the rental charges for tenants financially affected by the coronavirus disease health crisis.
The mayor promised to work out with the city council the grant of incentives to those who will heed his request.
He said a lot of individuals and families are seriously impacted financially by the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine.
“I hope that owners of these residential units will find it in their hearts to show compassion by waiving the payment of the monthly rent of their renters to help ease the burdens of these affected individuals and families,” the mayor said.
Department of Trade and Industry Memorandum Circular 20-12 entitled “Guidelines on the Concessions on Residential and Commercial Rents of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises” provides that owners of bed spaces, rooms, dormitories, apartments, houses, buildings and/or land grant a minimum of 30 days grace period on residential rent falling due within the quarantine period without interest or penalty.
The mayor said it would be ideal if the owners would go beyond the guidelines and totally forego with the charges. – Aileen P. Refuerzo