Maharashtra government has ordered landlords in the state to postpone rent collection by at least three months. According to the official order, no landlord will evict their tenant during this period.
"Landlords have been instructed to postpone rent collection by at least three months. During this period, no tenant should be evicted from their rented houses for non-payment of rents," Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office said today. The state government also warned of strict action against those landlords who evict their tenants.
An official noted financial transactions have not been taking place across markets and factories due to the lockdown, and the this had a bearing on income and employment of people.
"Several people are faced with difficult financial situations. Large number of people are not able to pay their regular rents. Hence, rent recovery should be postponed for at least three months and no tenant be driven out for non-payment of rent," the official circular read.
The state government today also ordered schools from forcing parents to pay school fees during coronavirus lockdown. The authorities have warned of action against those schools who put pressure on parents and students over payment of school fees during the lockdown.
(With PTI inputs)