Land owners, landlords dismiss rent waiver pronouncements

Written By: KBC Correspondent
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A section of land owners and landlords have dismissed pronouncements by individuals calling for a rent payment waiver over the Coronavirus pandemic. 

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Dagoretti District Land Owners Welfare Association says the landlords cannot provide housing for free and appealed the government through COVID-19 Emergency Fund to consider assisting the most deserving low-income tenants to pay rent while providing them with other basic needs where necessary.

This comes days after the landlords and tenants association of Kenya called for a three month rent waiver for tenants due to the effects of coronavirus.

They dismissed the claims as reckless utterances that may lead to unnecessary conflict between landlords and tenants. 

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Led by Dagoretti District Land Owners Welfare Association, the landlords and land owners said, no matter how much they would like to assist the tenants  they cannot afford to provide housing for free. 

The group claims there has never been any agreement to the effects that tenants should not pay their rent for the next three months.

Instead the association want the government to assist the most deserving low income tenants to pay their rent and put food on their table.

Meanwhile police in Kiambu have launched a manhunt of a landlord at Kirigiti Estate for defying the government’s efforts to combat the spread of Coronavirus. 

The landlord has been accused of disconnecting his tenants from access to water for one-week period without any notice.

The tenants said they have suffered unhygienic conditions putting them at risk of contracting the virus alongside other diseases.

It took the intervention of security officers from Kiambu Police Station to have the water reconnected.

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