INDORE: Tensions have started to mount between landlords and tenants over rent collection in Indore as the nation entered the first phase of Unlock 1. Many such disputes have been reported at various police stations.

While students claim that they have been receiving threat calls from their renters, landlords claim that showing compassion in times of financial hardships is proving to be very difficult.

Several such calls have panicked Vatsal Shekhar, an engineering student from Shahdol, who had been living in a rented accommodation in Bhanwarkuan. “I had left the city in March and returned on June 1 but he is expecting the pending two months’ rent.

The man has threatened that he will throw away my belongings if I don’t pay the dues immediately,” Vatsal told TOI. He added that he had been taking care of his rent and college fees by working in a call centre but that isn’t working out anymore. To address the tenants’ woes, district collector Manish Singh had issued an order in which it was stated that the landlords should be considerate towards the tenants and should give them time to pay the dues while understanding the situation.

This was, however, misunderstood by many tenants who started fighting with their landlords claiming that there was a waiver of at least one month rent. ADM BBS Tomar cleared this by saying that the order did not say that there was a waiver. “It advised the landlords to be considerate towards the tenants,” he said.

Shrishthi Verma (25, name changed) from Ashok Nagar had faced a breakdown when suddenly her landlady had asked her to leave during the lockdown pointing out that she never cleaned the common area and did not keep the room clean.

“I had nowhere to go. Even police officials from Bhanwarkuan police station couldn’t help me when I called them for help. It was only after I called my husband and other relatives that they made her understand that it was impossible for me to switch rooms during that time,” said Shrishthi.

DIG Harinarayanachari Mishra said that they are addressing such complaints that are being received with an amicable discussion between both the parties. “If the dispute goes out of hands, a case is registered,” he said.

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