Prime Minister Edi Rama has announced that rent payments for small businesses, students and families who have stopped working due to coronavirus will be temporarily suspended.
This support measure also applies to all students who, due to COVID-19, have been forced to leave their homes for rent and return to their families or who have lost their jobs and have no other income.
Rama has made it known that the regulatory act with these particular measures will be ready shortly, and stressed that in the event that the owners of the houses will oppose they will be fined five times the amount of the rent.
The premier advises tenants to sit at the table with the owners of the apartments to reach an agreement on the payment of installments after the end of the emergency situation. The premier also mentioned the issue of workers who have worked illegally so far. Rama explained that they will be able to benefit from government subsidies, but only on condition that they first report their employer.
The statements of Rama
"With a regulatory act, we will stop rent payments from small businesses and registered family members who have stopped working because of the war. This support measure also applies to students who live on rent. Anyone who worked illegally but has lost their job and needs can get the benefits by reporting their employer!
The owners will be prevented from asking for payment of the rent under penalty of a fine of up to five times the value of their rent. Anyone tenant who receives pressure from the owners can ask for help by accessing the website of the Directorate-General for Taxation.
This war requires that all those who have greater opportunities must be in solidarity with facts and not with words, with those who cannot survive without this solidarity ", writes Rama.
Rama's words aroused many controversies as in this way the government intervenes on agreements between private individuals instead of guaranteeing the payment of a part of the rent by the state or municipal bodies.
The accusations of the Democratic Party
The Albanian Democratic Party has also criticized the measures announced by Prime Minister Rama. With a statement from the blue headquarters, Rama is accused of protecting the oligarchs by offering millions of euros while promoting the social clash between 3 million Albanians.
A responsible government would not throw Albanians against each other in these difficult days. A government that thinks of all citizens tries not to create divisions.
A responsible government must find the resources needed to support small businesses through temporary abolition or tax suspension. Cash liquidity would be used to pay a rent that could be renegotiated between the parties.
A responsible prime minister must intervene by paying 50% of the rent for businesses that have closed, as is happening in Kosovo. And it would provide economic assistance by paying part of the employee salary as Kosovo does.
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