Hyderabad: The Telangana government, on 23 April, directed property owners in the state to defer collecting rent from their tenants for three months starting from March. They have been asked to collect rent in installments subsequently after three months. The order is applicable to properties rented for residential purposes.
Those who violate the order shall be liable for punishment as contemplated under Section 3 of the Epidemic Disaster Act 1897 and Section 51-58 of the Disaster Management Act 2005.
“A large section of the population lives in rented accommodation and rentals constitute a significant proportion of monthly income, in some cases as high as 40% of the monthly income. These people will be adversely affected if payment of timely rent is insisted upon by the property owners at this point,” the government order read.
The government statement further said, “Any coercion by property owners, including the eviction of tenants on account of non-payment of rent, at this point, would not only result in displacement and hardship for the tenants since there is a ban on inter-state movement of people but also it puts them at great risk of getting infected with the virus by exposing them to unwarranted unknown open spaces.”
To safeguard the interest of vulnerable sections during this lockdown, the Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, on 19 April, had prevented all private schools in the state from increasing the fees for the upcoming academic year. “Parents can dial 100 to file a complaint against school management in case of violation,” the CM had said.
Directing private schools to collect only tuition fees and no miscellaneous or extra fees, KCR had said, “Only the tuition fee for the respective month should be collected. No hike or extra fee will be allowed.”
The Chief Minister had categorically stated that all private schools in the state must adhere to the directions and any violation will be taken seriously. Cases will be booked against the schools under the National Disaster Management Act (NDMA) if they violate the orders, he had warned.