COVID-19: Landlord commended for asking tenants not to pay 1 month rent

COVID-19: Landlord commended for asking tenants not to pay 1 month rent

- A landlord in the United States identified as Nathan Nichols has waived off a month's rent for his tenants due to the coronavirus pandemic

- He said he decided to give his tenants rent relief because of the serious financial hardship caused by the coronavirus

- Nichols shared a post on social media which has generated pleasant reactions

As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, Nathan Nichols, a landlord in Maine, USA, has waived off the rent of his tenants because of the pandemic.

According to, Nichols, who owns two units in South Portland, decided to give his tenants the rent relief because the coronavirus outbreak has put them in financial distress.

Not only did he give his tenants rent relief, but he also urged other landlords to do same as the US grapples with the deadly virus.

In a Facebook post on Friday, March 18, 2020, Nichols indicated that he was about giving his tenants a break for the month of April because they will be impacted by the severe measures taken to curb the spread of the virus.

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"COVID19 is going to cause serious financial hardship for service and hourly workers around the country," parts of Nichols’ post read.

He disclosed that he owns a two-unit in South Portland "and all of my tenants are in this category".

Nichols then added: "Because I have the good fortune and of being able to afford it and the privilege of being in the owner class, I just let them know I would not be collecting rent in April. I ask any other landlords out there to take a serious look at your own situation and consider giving your tenants some rent relief as well."

As expected, reactions have trailed the landlord's kind gesture.

Ellen McNamee said: "You are truly an amazing person I hope more landlords follow your lead God Bless you and your family."

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Courtney Martin wrote: "How beautiful!! ❤️. What an amazing act of selflessness and kindness. We should all be looking for ways, no matter how big or small, to help one another. Good people still exist..God Bless."

Brian Taylor, another landlord said he also gave his tenants some rent relief.

He wrote: ''I have also suspended my tenants' rent as he works in the restaurant industry in Portsmouth NH and his restaurant is closed for at least three weeks. No tips, no money. It’s the least I could do. I told him we would work it out once this is behind us. People have enough to worry about. If you can do this for your tenants, do it. It’s part of being a good community member and citizen is all about. Helping good people in a bad situation."

Meanwhile, previously reported that a Nigerian restaurant owner in New York, Jonathan Adewunmi, had died of COVID-19 complications.

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