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Reprieve For Tenants As Landlord Slashes Rent By Half



A landlord in Weitethie area near Thika town has given his tenants a pleasant Easter surprise after slashing the May and June rent by half to cushion them against the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Johana Maina Kamiti, a brother to the owner of the one-bed-roomed apartments in the Estate, notified the tenants of the good news on Good Friday, much to their amazement.

The tenants have been paying Sh10, 000 per month for each unit, and now will only pay Sh5, 000 a month for the next two months.

The news came as a relief and an Easter holiday present to the over 100 people currently occupying the residential houses, some of whom have lost their jobs.

Maina told the press that the decision was made to retain current tenants as well as ease their financial burden during this season of job cuts.

A notice by a Weitethie Landlord in Juja Sub-county announcing the slashing of rent charges for his one-bed-roomed apartments by 50 percent.

A notice on one of the gates on the plot dated April 3, read in part, “Due to the prevailing economic challenges as a result of COVID-19, we wish to hereby offer a 50 percent relief of your monthly rent due for the months of May and June.”

“We noted that most of the tenants stay at home and thought it wise to reduce their house rent cost by half to take them through this difficult period. We also want to retain them and ensure they pay their rent with relative ease,” he said.

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Surprised tenants could not hide their joy, saying the move was unexpected since the landlord is known for his uncompromising stand when it comes to rent arrears.

“We were surprised to find the notice on the gate. We are, however, delighted because the gesture will enable us to cope during this challenging period with relative ease,” said Sheila Akinya, one of the tenants.

She said had the landlord not reduced the rent charges in the prevailing circumstances, some tenants would have opted to relocate to cheaper houses.

Other tenants at nearby plots could not hide their anger directed at their landlords on learning about their neighbours benevolent landlord.

“Some of us have been loyal to our landlords for over 10 years. We expect them to stand with us during this period but they seem disinterested. We are not amused,” said John Mwangi, a tenant from a nearby residential house.

Kenyans have been calling on the government to direct all landlords to either forgo or waive rent charges to cushion them during this financially challenging period.

However, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani said the government would not compel them to effect the calls since doing so would slow down the real estate sector.

He, however, told landlords that they were free to waive rent on their own volition.

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