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Landlord waives house rent of female students


Published : 05 May 2020 09:39 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 08:46 AM

Most of the people have become jobless due to the ongoing shutdown enforced to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. The incomes of people who are barely working during the closure have dropped drastically. 

Moved by the hardships of the students in the lockdown period their landlord Rezaul Islam Raju waived off the rent for the month for the hostel he had let out in Khamar Para in Rangpur city. Rezaul, the owner of the hostel, said Rajmahal Hostel, adjacent to Khamar Tabligh Mosque was opened in 2014. 

Out of 21 seats, 18-19 are full-time tenants. Excluding electricity bill, he earns Tk 9-10 thousand per month. His father Late Jabel Ali was a lawyer. After his death Rezaul is running the family with the income from the rent.  

“My tenants are children of lower middle class families. Maximum of them are studying at Carmichael College and Begum Rokeya University. In this pandemic, the income of their parents has stopped and they are finding it difficult to make both ends to meet. 

In order to stand by these helpless students, I have announced the waiver of rent last April”, he said. Sumi Akhter, a student of the dormitory said, “Our landlord had announced a one-month rent waiver. It will benefit lower and middle class families like us.” The student expressed her gratitude for this.