Government through Permanent Secretary of Information, Nick Mangwana delivered good news to tenants that all tenants in the country (commercial and residential) are to be excused from paying rentals, due from April until the current national lockdown ends.
Cabinet has resolved that there be a moratorium on both commercial and residential evictions due to applicable lease obligations due from April to end of LockdownZim, including payment of rentals for those months. Cabinet resolved that unpaid rentals from April to end of LockdownZim be paid in equal instalments after the declaration of the end lockdown period together with rentals due for those months. Cabinet resolved that rent deferrals shall be free of any interest charges or penalties of whatever nature. Landlords and homeowners who have mortgages to pay for which repayments depends on deferred rentals shall also be entitled to the same relief their tenants got in terms of deferrals.Permanent Secretary of Information Nick Mangwana on Twitter
The Information minister, Monica Mutsvangwa post Tuesday cabinet meeting said there was need for parties to understand the dire situation brought by the world pandemic.
In view of the foregoing, cabinet resolved that His Excellency, the President will consider the promulgation of presidential regulations to give relief to both tenants and landlords during the lockdown period. The cabinet resolved that the residential and commercial properties be accorded a moratorium on evictions in respect of applicable lease obligations due for the period from April to the end of the lockdown including payment of rentals due for those months.The Information Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa
This moratorium has come at a time as thousands of tenants across the country have been struggling to raise the needed rental expense due for the month of April as the lockdown period was extended.