Despite a call by different leaders to have landlords waive rent on their tenants during the tough times being experienced as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic, some landlords have not heeded to the same and are harassing tenants to pay for their rents.
Victor Onyang’ a resident in Nairobi’s Pipeline area is now having sleepless nights after failing to pay four thousand five hundred shillings April rent.
According to Victor, his landlord has issued him with a 14-day notice to pay or face eviction.
‘‘The agent wrote to me giving me up to 14th this month to pay, failure to which he will evict me but as we speak I don’t’ have that cash and the only reason why he extended the deadline is because I have a 12 days newborn baby.’’ He Told Ghetto Radio News.
Victor who is a cloth vendor in Pipeline and Mukuru Kwa Njenga slums narrated how his business has been doing poorly since the COVID-19 outbreak.
‘‘I have a small Kibanda here but sometimes I open and I get no single customer the whole day..its difficult everything is worse on my side,’’ he added.
Last week a landlord inKayole evicted 16 tenants for not paying the April rent an action that was termed as ‘evil’ by many.
Victor represents many who are suffering in silence as COVID-19 continues to hit hard on Kenyans who have low income.