Abhay Nandan, secretary of Pataliputra Vikas Manch, said several complaints have been received regarding fight between landlords and tenants over delay in payment of rent. “Many people depend on rent to run their families. However, tenants are unable to pay rent on time to their landlords under the present circumstances,” he added.
Nandan, who has also rented his flat, said, “I didn’t ask for rent till the time economic activities were restricted. But there are some people who are not paying rent despite getting salaries,” he said.
Meanwhile, some people have offered relaxations to their tenants as far as rent is concerned by deferring payment schedule. A K Jha, who owns flats in an apartment near R P S Mor, said since his tenants could not pay rent for March and April, he has allowed them to pay the rent for May as well at a later date.
Tenants, on the other hand, have blamed job losses and pay cuts for delayed payments. “How can I pay the rent when I do not have money to even buy food? The pandemic has affected everyone,” said Anup Verma, who lives in a rented accommodation at Kankarbagh.
Patna City resident Akash said his landlord pressured him to pay rent even after knowing that he is not getting salary.
Ramesh Kumar, peon in a private office on Exhibition Road, said the office has been shut since March. “My salary has been reduced to half. It has become very difficult for me to pay the rent,” he said.
Meanwhile, many elderly people, who meet their monthly expenditure through rents, are also going through trying times. Pataliputra Colony resident A M Prasad (79) said one of his tenants left the house without giving any notice. “This is not the time to blame others as all of us are going through the crisis. Hence, people should cooperate and help each other,” he said.
Gaya trader commits suicide: A shopkeeper allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in the Pachhatti locality of Bodh Gaya town on Thursday. Gaya SSP Rajiv Mishra said preliminary investigations revealed that the shopkeeper was being pressured by his landlord to either pay rent or vacate his house. “We have begun an investigation into the case,” the SSP added.