Amid lockout, Hyderabad landlord forgoes renting 75 tenants

HYDERABAD: Playing the good Samaritan, a homeowner in Hyderabad has given up the rents on his 75 tenants during the shutdown. The 41-year-old man who owns three buildings in the city told his tenants they don't need to pay him the April rent.

“I know what it is to be hungry. I have had my own struggles in life. I don't want any of these families to suffer during this time of crisis, ”says the person who lives in Balanagar. Its buildings have one-bedroom houses that are rented to industrial workers, mainly from Bihar. The total rent he has given up came to Rs 3.4 lakh. If the blockade continues and they have no means to win, I will think about giving up the rent for next month as well, he told STOI.

In addition to giving up rents, it has also distributed Rs 2.5 lakh among 250 poor families in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

But donating money is not new to Balalingam, who comes from the village of Rajapeta in the Rajanna Sircilla district of Telangana. Since the time he established his own mechanical workshop in Balanagar in 2005, he has contributed a total of Rs 1.20 crore to people in need. This includes awarding scholarships to deserving students, installing a water plant in their village, helping the families of RTC workers who were on strike, and paying salaries to volunteers to help with their teaching in government schools.

Growing up as an intermediary, he says he had no money to support himself. So he worked on a cleaning utensil bar. During the 1996 holidays, he came to Hyderabad with his friend and worked as an assistant in a lathe machine shop in Balanagar. He worked for nine years in various workshops and then created his in 2005.

Now he employs 10 workers. “I gave my first donation of Rs 1 lakh to feed the poor when I myself had a debt of Rs 5 lakh. So it is in my nature to help others, he says. With CM K urging homeowners to be considerate of tenants, Balalingam did what came naturally. Of the premises he has rented, there are 25 shutters and 50 small one-bedroom houses and a couple of two-bedroom houses.