37% of Kenyans who reside in rented premises were unable to pay to pay rent in the month of May, this is according to a survey released on Thursday, July 9.
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics survey also revealed that approximately a third of the households (30.9%) who usually meet their rent obligations on agreed date with landlords before the COVID-19 pandemic were unable to pay on time this May.
According to the survey, the main reason why the households were unable to meet their rent obligations was the reduced income/earnings due to the COVID-19 pandemic at 61%.
The global pandemic has had adverse effects on Kenya’s economy, leading to closure of businesses and mass lay-offs. This explains why temporary layoff/closure of business came in second at 25.7% as the other reason why households could not pay or delayed in paying rent.
Delayed income/earnings and permanent layoffs/closure of business are the other reasons why households failed or delayed to pay their rents.
A majority of landlords were not considerate despite the harsh economic times as only 0.7% of the households in rented dwellings received full rent waivers or relief from their landlords in May. 0.6% of the households received partial waiver.