Landlords urged to declare rent holiday

A House leader appealed to property owners to show compassion by granting at least two-month rent holiday especially to struggling tenants during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Vice chairman of the House committee on Appropriations and Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas urged landlords and lessors to impose a two-month rent holiday for humanitarian considerations.

Vargas said all types of business are affected by this COVID-19 scare but the most affected are the daily wage earners.

“House rental is considered as the biggest chunk of expense especially for the lower income bracket. The pandemic has put a lot of Filipinos out of their jobs in adherence to the enhanced community quarantine. With zero income flowing in, those who make a living under no work, no pay basis live in apprehension that they could face eviction, and how to move forward after the health crisis,” Vargas said.

The solon stressed that a two-month rent holiday can provide a relief to tenants while restrictions and quarantine are in place.

Vargas likewise requested owners no to force out of their residential units renters over non-payment.

For commercial occupants, the temporary closure of businesses is enough reason to set aside their monthly rent for the time being, according to Vargas.

The legislator applauds property owners who started giving flexibility to their leaseholders.

“Marami pa rin talagang may mabubuting kalooban na isinasantabi muna ang pagnenegosyo upang makatulong sa kapwa. Panahon naman na magbigay tayo ng kunsiderasyon sa mga nangungupahan na nagbigay ng pangkabuhayan sa atin sa mga nagdaang panahon,” Vargas said.