Reminders for Lessors and Landlords
In an advisory posted by the Public Information Office -Baguio last April 25, 2020, Mayor Benjamin Magalong reminds property lessors and landlords of both commercial and residential establishments about the provision in Republic Act (RA) No. 11469 or “the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” and of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 20-12 series of 2020.
Mandatory Grant of 30-day Grace Period
The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act and of DTI MC No. 20-12 series of 2020 have provisions about the mandatory grant of a 30-day grace period on residential and commercial rents falling due within the period of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) without incurring interest, penalties, fees, and other charges.
Punishment for Violators
Non-observance of the said provision is punishable with:
- imprisonment of two (2) months or
- a fine of not less than Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00) but not more than One Million Pesos (P1,000,000.00);
- or both such imprisonment and fine, at the discretion of the court
Lessors and landlords who will unlawfully and forcibly deprive their tenants of their residence due to not being able to pay their rent during the ECQ are also warned of other possible criminal charges.
Since the city government has been receiving reports regarding some lessees or tenants being forced by their lessors or landlords to pay rentals before the expiration of the 30-day grace period, Mayor Magalong advises the public to report such violations to his office or to the office of the City Legal Officer for immediate assistance and action.
SOURCE: Public Information Office-Baguio