Tenants in Candon City get 30-day extension in paying residential rent

CANDON CITY — Residential tenants in this city are not required to settle their dues immediately under Executive Order (EO) No. 890, series of 2020 as imposed by the city government of Candon effective on April 13.

This complies to Memorandum Circular No. 20-12, series of 2020, the “Guidelines of the Concessions on Residential Rents; Commercial Rents of MSMEs,” released by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on April 4 pursuant to the Republic Act 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One” Law.

A 30-day grace period for residential rents within the city during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is granted by the city government here, headed by Mayor Ericson Singson.

“In partnership with our supportive city council, we leaders fully recognize the impact of the 30-day grace period for residential rents to the beneficiaries because it gives them some space as they cope up for their financial needs,’’ Mayor Singson said.

Residential rents falling due within the period of the ECQ are granted grace period without incurring interests, penalties, fees, and other charges.

EO No. 890 states that the cumulative amount of rents falling due within the ECQ shall also be spread out or equally amortized in the six months following the end of the ECQ, and shall be added to the rents due on those succeeding months, without interest, penalties, fees, and charges.

Kea Ojerio, TV personality who rents near his workplace in the city, said that through this order, tenants like him will be able to cope with the current situation brought by COVID-19.

Siyempre malaking bagay ito para sakin, maliban sa postponed at walang penalties na ipapatong, eh mas makatipid ako. Lalo na ngayon at pahirapan na rin sa sahoran kasi bihira lang din naman magbukas ang mga bangko. Thankful ako sa city government, para naman mabawasan ‘yong worries ng mga tulad kong tenants/boarders,” he said.

The order states that lessors who shall refuse to provide the 30-day grace period to lessees shall be penalized with a fine of P5, 000 or imprisonment of not less than two months or both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court.

Lessors are also not obligated to refund residential rents paid by the lessees during the period of the quarantine.