- The Department of Trade and Industry gave a strong warning against landlords and building owners
- While the ECQ is in place, they are not allowed to collect rent from their tenants
- DTI announced that sanctions await those landlords and building owners who would be collecting rent
- Under the Bayanihan Act, unpaid rent during the lockdown will be divided into 6 months
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Good news to all tenants who are renting houses, apartments, stalls, and commercial establishments, because the Department of Trade and Industry has made a very important announcement.
KAMI learned that, as per DTI, landlords and building owners could not collect rent while the enhanced community quarantine is ongoing.
In TV Patrol's report, the Bayanihan Act provides that while there is an ECQ, landlords must not collect rent.
Aside from the mentioned prohibition, the said act also gives tenants an extension in paying the unpaid rent, wherein unpaid rentals would be divided into six installments.
Concerns and reports have reached the government agency regarding landlords who are already collecting rent payments despite the ongoing ECQ.
Here's the full report on TV Patrol:
In a previous report by KAMI, the government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.
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