Mayor Sara reminds tenants that landlords cannot force them to pay rent during ECQ

Published May 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Armando Fenequito Jr.

DAVAO CITY — Mayor Sara Z. Duterte urged those who would be forced to pay rent for residential spaces to file charges against their landlords for violation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

In her interview on 87.5 Davao City Disaster Radio on Tuesday, May 5, Duterte maintained that landlords cannot force their tenants to pay rent while the country is dealing with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

“Duna naman sila’y right under the law (People have already the right under the law),” she said.

The mayor said under Republic Act 11469, or the Bayanihan to Heal law, there must be a 30-day grace period on residential rents within the period of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) without incurring interests, penalties additional fees and other charges.

She said under RA 11469, anyone who violates this provision will be penalized of up to two months’ imprisonment, or not more than P1 million fine, or both depending on the discretion of the court.

Duterte said she will ask the City Legal Office to explain the law so that the public could be better informed about the law.

“Mag-set ta’g time for our City Legal Office, tawagon nato ang atong lawyers para isa-isahon sa ila ang ilang rights under the Bayanihan Law (We will set time for our City Legal Office, we will call our lawyers to explain one-by-one their rights under the Bayanihan to Heal As One law ),” she said.

The mayor also told the public to get a copy of the law for their guidance, and show this to the landlord or caretaker if they are going to be forcibly evicted from their places of residence for not paying the rent.