WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis is asking landlords for leniency amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Tenants tell him they're worried about paying rent on-time. This comes after the new statewide rule requiring bars and restaurants to not allow dine-in customers.
Business owners are expecting less business from the new rule and for many servers, tips make up a large portion of their livelihood.
Mayor Dennis is urging landlords to extend rent due dates if possible.
“If the landlords are in a position to maybe just extend a little grace period for some of their tenants, maybe realize that times are very tough and there are circumstances beyond the business operators control,” said Dennis.
He said he understands the hardship this virus is bringing to both renters and landlords.
“I know that people who own buildings are just as hungry as everybody else,” said Dennis. “They've got bills to pay, they've got salaries to pay but I think we need to look at ways to try and help each other so that we can make sure that when we get through this, which we will so that things can snap back to normal quickly.”
He's hoping everyone keeps an open mind as we navigate through this disease.