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This Brooklyn landlord just canceled this month’s rent for hundreds of his tenants

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A Brooklyn landlord has waived rent for hundreds of his tenants for the month of April.

Mario Salerno posted indicators on the 18 buildings he owns all through the borough letting tenants know they don’t have to pay April’s rent, The New York Times reported

“My concern is everyone’s health,” Salerno advised the Times.

“I told them just to look out for your neighbor and make sure that everyone has food on their table.”

Salerno had not calculated how a lot he can be dropping from not amassing rent on the 80 residences, however it’s probably hundreds of hundreds of {dollars}, the Times reported.

The 59-year-old owns round 80 residences with 200 to 300 tenants in whole within the Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods. He mentioned he reached the choice when a quantity of tenants mentioned they have been having a tough time getting by amid the pandemic.

ment buildings, mentioned he didn’t need renters to emphasize about their cost in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mario Salerno mentioned in an interview that he didn’t care about dropping his rental earnings in April. “My concern is everyone’s health,” he mentioned.Credit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times


“I’m really not concerned about the rent right now, I’m concerned about people’s health,” Salerno advised “Not only are we up against an epidemic, these poor people have no jobs and they’re worried about getting sick. I didn’t think it was much on a person like me, who God was good to, to help them all out.”

It has helped ease the stress for some tenants who’re out of work as a result of of the coronavirus.

Tenant Paul Gentile has lived 4 years in a single of Salerno’s buildings. He works as an legal professional however misplaced his job when the courthouses closed March 18.

More than 10 million Americans lose jobs within three weeks, file unemployment benefits

“You don’t see that, especially in a landlord-tenant relationship in New York City,” Gentile advised the Times. “He’s amazing.”

New York has develop into a hotspot for coronavirus, inflicting monumental quantities of job losses. According to The New York Times, surveys taken final month present that an estimated 40 p.c of renters within the metropolis couldn’t pay for April rent.

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