Failure to pay rent leads to power, water supply cut

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:50, May 02,2020


A house owner cut off power and water supplies to a women mess in the Capital’s Shankar area as its boarders allegedly could not pay house rent during this COVID-19 crisis.

The lone female border, Jannatul Ferdousi, on Saturday complained that the house-owner scolded her for not paying rent and left her in dire situation during the Ramadan fasting.

Jannatul Ferdousi, a second-year graduate student of Government Titumir College, said that she was living at the women’s hostel near Shankar bus stand for last few months and got stranded there due to the transport ban while other borders left the city earlier.

She could not manage enough money amid the prevailing crisis and the house-owner was repeatedly asking her to pay the rent of the flat where around 10 female members were staying in a group.

‘I used to pay my monthly rent-share to the hostel manager who paid the flat rent to the house-owner. The female manager is absent for the last few days, but the house-owner is asking me to pay the rent. Why and how would I pay rent for the whole flat?’ Jannatul said.

On Saturday, the house owner scolded her for not getting the rent and cut off power and water supply of the flat.

The hostel manager Naznin Akhter said over phone that she paid the rent regularly before the crisis.

The house-owner could not be reached for comments despite repeated calls and text.

Hazaribagh police officer-in-charge Ekramuzzaman said that they were informed of the incident and then sent a team to the scene.

The house owner went into hiding before police arrived there. Later, police helped the student to resume power supply to the flat.

Earlier, on April 22, RAB arrested a house-owner for allegedly forcing out a family of five from her rented house in the city’s Dhanmondi area as they failed to pay rent amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The authorities had asked urged landlords not to put pressure for rent on tenants amid the worldwide crisis.

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