Landlords in Kaduna State have been urged to give two months free rent to their tenants in view of the current economic hardship being faced over the coronavirus pandemic. The call was made by an interfaith specialist, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, and the General Overseer of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry, Pastor Yohanna Buru in separate interviews.
“This is the best time for landlords to show care to their tenants that have been living in their property for many years. “Many families have been thrown into uncertainty due to lack of funds leading to increasing domestic violence among couples amid the coronavirus lockdown,” Ramatu said. She said landlords should offer support and understanding at this critical time and not disturb their tenants about payment of rent.
“Please stop collecting rent for now till business is stable because everyone is locked inside, especially based on the fact that most of the tenants are small scale business men and women and the lockdown has crippled their businesses,’’ she said.
While calling on religious leaders to continue praying for God’s intervention on the coronavirus, she urged individuals and faith-based organisations to provide food to the needy. On his part, Pastor Buru called on landlords to cut-down rent of their houses. He said: “Although the landlords argue that they also have bills to pay, they should, as a matter of concern, find a way of striking a balance in order to ease the suffering of the masses.” Musa Salisu, a landlord at Mando community in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State said, “I never disturb my tenants to pay rent and I am not going to start now because I know they will pay me when they have the money.”