NOTICE TO LESSORS/LANDLORDS IN BAGUIO CITY
April 26, 2020
We are receiving reports that some lessees/tenants are being compelled by their lessors/landlords to pay rentals before expiration of the 30-day grace period as provided under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act of 2020 and are being threatened with forced eviction.
Property lessors and landlords of both commercial and residential establishments are again reminded of the provision in Republic Act (RA) No. 11469 or “the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” and of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 20-12 series of 2020 regarding the mandatory grant of a 30-day grace period on residential and commercial rents falling due within the period of the enhanced community quarantine without incurring interest, penalties, fees, and other charges.
Violators are hereby warned that non-observance of said provision is punishable with imprisonment of two (2) months or a fine of not less than Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00) but not more than One Million Pesos (P1,000,000.00) or both such imprisonment and fine, at the discretion of the court.
Likewise, violators are warned of other possible criminal charges should they unlawfully and forcibly deprive tenants of their residence for non-payment of their rental fees during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
For this reason, the public is advised to promptly report any violations to the office of the City Mayor or to the office of the City Legal Officer for immediate assistance and action.
At any rate, the City Government of Baguio through the Office of the City Mayor, reiterates its earlier appeal to the owners of said commercial buildings, apartments and other residential establishments to voluntarily consider waiving rental fees especially for those tenants financially affected by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health crisis.
MAYOR BENJAMIN B. MAGALONG
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