“Order Landlords To Suspend Rentals,” Tenants Plead With Government

Some tenants in Zimbabwe have proposed that the government issue an order directing property owners to suspend rentals for some time.

Tenants argue that the majority of people shall be without income for a sustained period of time owing to measures which the country implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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One anonymous tenant who spoke to Pindula News said:

Hello Admin, due to the prevailing situation we are out of work and as you know about 90% of our population is unemployed. I was suggesting that the government may take an extra measure to say during this certain period no one is going to demand rentals from tenants. Really soon a lot of people will be kicked out and die because of hunger. Thank you.

The government recently announced a raft of measures including the closure of borders, bracket ban on public gatherings including churches, bars, gyms and others to reduce the spread and transmission of the novel coronavirus.

The measures have unintended consequences including unemployment as companies suspend services or de-congest to uphold the government’s directive.

This worsens an already existing economic and humanitarian crisis in the country characterised by inflation, shortage of mealie-meal and other ills.


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4 comments on ““Order Landlords To Suspend Rentals,” Tenants Plead With Government

    1. It may seem like a good idea but what happens to the old folks who depend on the rentals to buy their medication and food? We should also consider the landlords also make a livelihood from accepting rentals from someone to reside in their property.If non payment is put to play not only will most people prefer to have their property empty but also the elders using rentals to buy medication and food will suffer.Maybe it would be better to sit down with landlord and ask for a payment plan #my thoughts

  1. Non payment is not an option maybe a slight reduction maybe so that its fair for both parties involved

  2. A mutually discussed reduction, as opposed to nil payment, is the best option for all. No pay, no stay.

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