Thirty tenants in Obunga slums in Kisumu got reprieve after their landlord announced a 30 percent rent waiver for the months of May and June 2020.
Felgona Atieno, the landlady says she is responding to the economic difficult times Kenyans are passing through as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Atieno says the situation is dire on the ground as most families are unable to put food on the table.
“Business places are now closed, no customers and children are all at home,” she said.
Monthly rent for her houses range from Sh. 2,500, Sh. 3,000 to Sh. 6,000.
This means that tenants paying Sh. 3,000 will now pay Sh. 2,000 while those supposed to pay Sh. 6,000 will now pay Sh. 4,000.
Atieno says most of her tenants are business people who are greatly affected by the virus since most markets are closed.
“I have done this to cushion my tenants from the sufferings brought about by the virus,” she said.
Speaking to the press in Kisumu, Atieno says she will be forced to adjust depending on how the pandemic takes toll.
She advised her tenants to embrace dialogue with her since some are totally unable to pay.
Atieno says as a woman and a mother she feels the pain of families going without food thus the need to reduce the rent burden on her tenants.
Lillian Ochieng, a tenant, says they feel happy with the initiative by their landlord for coming to their rescue during this difficult moment.
Ochieng says the move caught her unawares and lauded the humane gesture accorded to them.
“This idea is brilliant because it is difficult for us to maintain daily living,” she said.
By Joseph Ojwang’