NAIROBI – The Landlords and Tenants Association of Kenya (LATAK) has directed tenants not to pay rent for the months of April, May and June following the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking during a press conference on Wednesday, April 5, the LATAK Secretary-General, Ben Liyai said they had talked to their members over the issue, and going forward, they expect no tenants to be harassed by the landlords because of rent payment.
“LATAK directs all tenants not to pay rent until when President Uhuru Kenyatta orders businesses to resume normal operations. All the landlords must forthwith stop evictions, harassment, and disconnection of electricity and water to tenants,” said Liyai.
According to Liyai, anyone who gets challenges can seek their intervention by texting the word “Landlords” or Tenants to toll-free emergency number 20777.
This directive follows the association meeting on April 1, 2020, when they asked their members to waive rent for the next three months so as to cushion Kenyans from the adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Africa Tembelea also understands that, the association has called on the Kenyan government to play a role aimed at assisting landlords that are servicing loans from commercial banks. They urge government to direct banks to give a six-month moratorium to landlords servicing loans.