Amidst the global pandemic, a New York City landlord is giving his 200 tenants one less thing to worry about as he waived rent for the month of April.
The Landlord, Mario Salerno said “I want everybody to be healthy. That’s the whole thing,”
The 59 year old man has roughly 80 apartments across Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
He said after some of his tenants told him that they were worried about paying rent because they lost their jobs due to the pandemic, he decided to take action.
Salerno posted a notice on the front doors of all of his buildings announcing, “Due to the recent pandemic of Coronavirus COVID-19 affecting all of us, please note I am waiving rent for the month for April.”
One of his tenants said she’s been out of work since she was ordered to shut down her hair salon. she describe Salerno has a wonderful man and superman
“For me, it was more important for people’s health and worrying about who could put food on whose table,” he told the outlet. “I say don’t worry about paying me, worry about your neighbor and worry about your family,” Salerno said.
He said he hopes other landlords will do the same, and some have.