Moratorium on evictions, rent payments extends to GCQ: trade dept

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Posted at Jun 02 2020 04:10 PM | Updated as of Jun 02 2020 04:13 PM

Moratorium on evictions, rent payments extends to GCQ: trade dept 1
Salons and hairdressers are some of the small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Picture taken in Mandaluyong City on April 29, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The moratorium on rent payments and evictions extends to the general community quarantine period that took hold in Metro Manila this week, the Department of Trade and Industry said on Tuesday.

Landlords are not allowed to evict residential and commercial tenants, and should give tenants a 30-day grace period to settle their dues once the community quarantine is lifted, the DTI said in its supplemental guidelines on rents. 

The DTI first laid down these guidelines in April, two weeks after the government imposed an enhanced community quarantine or ECQ over Luzon and other parts of the country.

The ECQ lasted until May 31 and the GCQ started on June 1. The general quarantine is the last step before the "new normal" of the lifting of quarantines with just minimum health standards observed.

These measures still apply during the GCQ, in accordance with the May 22 resolution of the IATF or Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, the DTI said. 

“The grant of a minimum thirty (30) day grace period shall commence from the lifting of covered community quarantine without incurring interests, penalties, fees, and other charges,” the DTI said. 

The accumulated rent during the community quarantine will be equally amortized in 6 months following the end of the grace period, also without interest, penalties, fees and other charges, the DTI said. 

If a tenant’s employer or business is allowed to operate, the grace period starts from the latest due date of the rent falling within the covered community quarantine, the DTI said.

These measures are meant to ease the burden on residential and commercial tenants whose income or business were affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the DTI earlier said.