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    Pregnant woman gets roof removed by landlady after non-payment of rent

    MANILA, Philippines – A pregnant woman gets her roof removed by the landlady after non-payment of rent. What’s worse, her door was taken as well! Kind neighbors had to hurriedly fix the roof and make a temporary door, especially because it started raining and everyone was concerned about her safety.

    Czairra Alliyah Cheng from Caloocan, Metro Manila, defended a neighbor from their common landlady, a woman she only identified as ‘Aling Tess’. According to her post on Facebook, her pregnant neighbor was unable to pay the rent to Aling Tess because her husband got stuck in Bulacan amid the lockdown.

    But Aling Tess insisted that everyone should pay up the rent, including the pregnant woman. When the latter was unable to pay, Aling Tess ordered part of the house’s roof removed. The door was also removed.

    Pregnant woman gets roof removed by landlady
    Photo credit: Czairra Alliyah Cheng / Facebook

    Concerned about the safety of the pregnant woman and her family, the neighbors stepped in. But an angry Aling Tess warned them not to interfere or she would also remove their doors. This angered Cheng who doesn’t owe her rent but was simply looking out for the pregnant woman.

    Aling Tess allegedly told them she’s not scared even if they report the matter to the barangay and file a case against her. The woman even tried to hit Cheng with the cord of a rice cooker, she claimed. So, Cheng and the pregnant woman went to the barangay hall to report the incident.

    While they do have the obligation to pay up, what Aling Tess did according to netizens is heartless, particularly because it was raining that day. Moreover, the ‘Bayanihan’ law specifically stipulates that landlords are supposed to extend the grace period for the rent payment.

    Under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, Republic Act No. 11469, landlords are told to “provide for a minimum of 30-day grace period on residential rents falling due within the period of the enhanced community quarantine, without incurring interests, penalties, fees, and other charges.”

    SEE ALSO: After dad lost job amid COVID-19, family evicted from apartment

    However, there are still many landlords who do not follow the law, claiming that they also needed the money from the rent so they can buy food.

    Kind neighbors helped the woman move her things to dry parts of the house while other neighbors fixed the roof. Here’s a video shared by Cheng:

    Gusto q ng i voice out kung gano katindi at kasama ang may ari ng inuupahan nmin..
    Makikita nyo s video na pinababaklas...
    Posted by Czairra Alliyah Cheng on Thursday, May 21, 2020

    — Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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