Coronavirus advisory: For Paying Guest accommodations and hostels

COUNTERING CORONAVIRUS

On 16 March, BBMP teams led by Zonal, Special and Joint Commissioners visited PGs and hostels to check on hygiene and safety. Pic: Twitter handle of BBMP Commissioner

Bengaluru is home to many educational institutions, which means it is also home to a large student population and a young professional crowd. In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, BBMP has issued the following advisory for paying guest accommodations and hostels:

  1. Students residing in Paying Guest (PG) houses or hostels may be advised to return to their own homes, in case their educational institutions have declared holidays in view of COV1D-19. In case occupants opt to stay back in the Hostel /PG House, they should be made aware of personal hygiene measures as per the advice of the Government of Karnataka.
  2. Sanitation and cleaning of PG accommodation/hostels periodically would be the mandatory responsibility of the owner(s)/manager(s) of such properties. The Warden/Caretaker of such property must be strictly told about the importance of maintaining cleanliness.
  3. Overcrowding of rooms is strictly prohibited as this not only causes inconvenience to the occupants but also creates ideal conditions for the spread of infection. A living space (excluding kitchen, toilet/bathroom) of 110 sq ft shall not have more than two occupants (As per Public Health Standards).
  4. Owners/managers of PG houses/hostels will not have the right to forcibly evict occupants citing the above reasons, without giving them suitable time to look for alternate accommodation.
  5. Action shall be taken against the owners/managers of PG houses and hostels in case COVID-19 spreads due to non-compliance of directions related to sanitation and hygiene in the premises.

You can download and share the following graphic by BBMP with your family, friends, neighbours and residents’ association as well as with PG/hostel owners to create awareness and help Bengaluru stay safe.

Last week, some students were forced to vacate their accommodation, which led to panic and confusion among the student community. In a tweet, BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar clarified that no forceful eviction should take place. His tweet said, “It has come to the notice of #BBMP that some PG owners are forcing inmates to vacate the premises by misinterpreting the previous advisory. Nobody should be forced to vacate.”

On 19 March, the Palike issued a clarification on the COVID-19 advisory for PG accommodations and hostels.

 

The original copy of this advisory can be accessed here. BBMP’s message to all is, “Help us to Help you. Let us fight COVID-19 together. Stay Home, Be Safe.”

[This article is based on a press release from BBMP, and has been published with edits]

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69 Comments

  1. I am having the same problem in tamil nadu. We have to do something about it.We can’t pay full rent.Atleast half the rent will be ok. Why didn’t start a tweet about this?I think everyone staying in hostel having this problem

  2. They will not buy any vegetables, they will not get any electricity bill, they will not get any water bill, now if you pay full amount, they get so much profit, when everyone are not getting salries why should we pay full amount

  3. Yes government should involve and issue an order that owner should not ask rent from the people who left pg due to corona

  4. HI
    Same situation for me and most of the people who stays in PG in bangalore in and around INDIA
    I made a complaint with this helplinenumber:08046848600 (stated all details of owner)
    Also sent a mail to ADGP of Bangalore: adgp-bmtf-ka@nic.in /bmtf.policestation@gmail.com

    Hope this helps!

  5. Hi sir,

    We are staying in a pg in bangalore. Due to lockdown we came to hometown and pg owners are forcing to pay full rent. Please help

  6. Hi sir, due to lock down i went to hometown but pg owner is asking me to pay full rent. please advise me whether i should pay or not

  7. Hi sir, I’m staying in a pg in BTM Layout 2nd stage Bangalore, due to COVID-19 I went to my native. now pg people asking me to pay the full amount of pg rent there are any rules regarding this. If I’m not staying there why should I pay full pg rent

  8. Hi sir as soon lock down was declared I came to my home o march 23rd itself but pg owner took full rent from me 5500rs. Though v r not der dey r demanding full rent sir. If v ask dey reply so rudely as its pg policies. We also need to pay rent to building owner, this is pg not godown room to keep ur things and luggage here like this dey r speaking so rudely, so I have paid full rent 5500rs sir, My pg is in bangalore Mangammanapalya, pls do some needful regarding this.

  9. Hi,

    I have paid a rent amount for March and I stayed only for 4 days in March and now the pg owner is demanding to pay rent for the month of April. It is wrong for everyone to pay rent when we are not staying there. When we said this to owner they said to deduct 1k and pay rest of the amount. For what reason are we supposed to 6.5k just because our luggage is there in PG?

  10. I am a student from Kerala. I stay in a PG at Preshanth layout, Whitefield. Due to covid 19, I went back to my native on March 16th. I made complete payment in the month of March and now PG owners are asking me to do complete payment for the month of April.I am ready to do half the payment since my luggages are there. Please advise what is to be done.

  11. Hi sir,
    I was staying in Bangalore pg (Whitefield). And due to this covid-19 have travelled back to my native. I had paid full amount rent for the month of March. On march 19th I left pg to hometown. Now pg owners are asking us to pay full amount rent for the month of april. We are ready to pay half the amount since our luggage are there. But they are demanding for more money. We will be able to travel back once the transportation facilities start. Pleade advice what is to be done.

  12. Hi Sir,

    I have not been in my PG since 15 march, due to tough COVID-19 situation, still my PG owner insists on paying the full rent. Request your help\suggestions.

    Thanks and Regards

  13. @CPBLR @BlrCityPolice
    Dear sir / mam,
    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak whoever is staying in girls /boys hostel vacated hostels long back and reached their respective homes.Now the Pg / hostel owners are asking everyone to pay the full rent for these lockdown days.
    Everyone is ready to pay the room rent but atleast hostel owners should reduce half money for food and electricity etc.
    Please take action and pass some notice to Pg owners on this matter.It will be very helpful to citizens

  14. Please government take action .We students /employees need your help . In this crisis ,PG owners are looting our hard earn money through full rent payment .We all know food,electricity ,wifi and water all are been saved by them but still these owners are exploiting us .Atleast give a statement /reply .

  15. We are staying in PG at Bangalore our PG owner is asking forcefully to pay the PG rent hence our government has been already announced that no one of house or PG owners should not ask rent for 3 month but still they are asking

  16. My pg owner is asking for full rent for April but I’ll accomodate PG in May starting. What should I do?

  17. Things r there in PG room.
    As Co told to work from home for one week. All Had to go to their own house.
    But due to lockdown now at home only.
    Untill Apri 14.
    What to do must pay PG rent or not.
    Things r there in PG rooms.
    Now due to Covid19 can’t go & vacate the PG room & get our belongings.
    R all these PG people supposed to pay rent for April though they r not staying in hostel, but their things r there in PG rooms.
    Please.There r so many poor people
    Modiji what to do
    This situation is there in every PG.
    ?

  18. Sir,
    Hi,am staying in a pg last two year in bangalore.due to covid-19 I came to my native last month 21/03,still am in my hometown and I didn’t received my salary also…in this critical situation my pg ower has asking full rent for April month..please do the needfull

  19. Hi Sir,I am staying in pg due to lock down I came to home town. My owners are asking to pay full payment. It’s very difficult to pay such a hfty amount. When i’m not staying in pg thn why should i pay full rent sir.

  20. Kindly provide the suggestions asked regarding the pg rent issues. If you are not sure about it..then atleast comment that. People will stop asking such questions.

  21. I am a student staying in a Pg at electronic city phase 1. We’ve vacated the PG by 11th of March by paying full rent of March, and currently residing in hometown. Now the owner is demanding for the rent for the month of April as well. Being a student I can’t afford to pay the rent without residing there.

  22. Hello, I am staying in pg at Bommanahalli Bangalore. Vacated my room on 18th of March due to lockdown and still at my hometown. But pg owners are not giving any concession on rent. Even if they r saving expense of electricity,food, wifi n water. Owner is forcing us to pay full amount as our luggage is still there. How fair is this? Though m working from home, my company has decided to pay partial salary due to the loss it is facing because of lockdown. Please make some strong rules on these pgs.

  23. Sir I paid the deposit ie extra rent for the month of march and april plus extra 3k . I was there for 2 days in the month of march and then I came to my relatives home as I heard about the virus. When I heard lockdown is going to start so I thought of going back to my hometown, so I vacate the pg because we are getting the news that lockdown can me till may so I thought I will vacate. When I asked the pg owner to return my money 20k so he was not responding and he is telling that we can’t return it is not our rules
    But as per their pg rules to make the agreement was also necessary but they didn’t made , I told them many times but they didn’t listen. Please help me so that I can get back my money, because during this lockdown my family is facing lot of problems.

  24. Hi Sir. All students and working employees staying in PG has same situation… Owner is asking for full rent even though we are not staying in pg.. They are forcing ppl who didn’t stay in pg to pay full amount. Can u pls check and advise what can be done in this case. We are really worried and how can we pay full amount without staying in pg.

  25. Hi
    Iam working in Bangalore my home stay is tumkur
    Now because of corona effects I came to our hometown.
    From March 22nd to april 15 means more than 23days I will stay in my home only.
    But pg owner is asking full month rent.
    23 days gas, electricity and food these all are savings for pg owner.
    Even though he is asking full payment
    We not asking to wave off full month rent but we are saying will pay half month rent
    Please take action

  26. I have moved out of the room as per the notice sent to us by my PG owner . I have already paid full rent for March month and now they are asking for the rent of April month but due to this COVID period and lockdown we wont be able to stay in PG till April, So are we suppose to pay the rent in this lock down? Please drop mail @ rajkadagad@gmail.com

  27. Hi sir, I’m staying in a pg in Bangalore, due to covid-19 I went to my native.. now pg owner asking me to pay the full amount of pg rent there is any rules regarding this. If I’m not staying there for one month i.e, April then why should I pay full pg rent.

    • Hi why there is no response or the Government taking no action regarding PG rent issues even after tweeting ??

    • Hello, as soon a lock down was declared I went to my home town which was on 17th march and I’m staying here since then but my pg (in Gurgaon)owner is asking to pay April month full fee and I’m not even staying there. I have asked him to to take as much as is genuine. So my question is do I have to pay pg fee during lock down when I’m staying at my home town.
      Please answer

      • same situation with me the pg owner asks me to pay the full rent.The government must need to give a notification on it

  28. Hi
    Iam staying in Bangalore pg from so many years.
    Now because of corona effects we came to our hometown.
    From March 22nd to april 15 means more than 23days I will stay in my home only.
    But pg owner is asking full month rent.
    23 days gas, electricity and food these all are savings for pg owner.
    Even though he is asking full payment.
    Please take action.

  29. Hi sir, due to lock down i went to hometown but pg owner is asking me to pay full rent. please advise me whether i should pay or not

    • Hi Sir,
      I am staying in pg…because lockdown, I disnot go to my homedown..i am in pg rightnow.my owner aaking me to pay rent as soon as possible….o heared news that, doesnt want to pay pg rent for month of march…so can you please clarify, whether i can pay or should not??

  30. Hi,
    My PG owner is asking me to pay full rent for the month of april but i am stuck in my native what should I do now. Please help me

  31. Hi Sir,

    I have not been in my PG for past 10 days and will not be coming next month either due to tough COVID-19 situation, still my PG owner insists on paying the full rent. Request your help\suggestions.

    Thanks and Regards

  32. Hello, as soon a lockdown was declared I went to my home town which was on 15th march and I’m staying here since then but my pg (Bangalore) owner is asking to pay April month fee and I’m not even staying there. So my question is do I have to pay pg fee during lockdown when I’m staying at my home town.
    Please answer

  33. I was staying bangalore Reshma phone
    owner is asking forcefully to pay the PG rent hence our government has been already announced that no one of house or PG owners should not ask rent for 3 month but still they are asking

  34. Hi sir,

    We are staying in a pg in bangalore. Due to lockdown we came to hometown and pg owners are forcing to pay full rent. Please help

  35. Hi,

    I am one of the tenants staying in SHREE RAM PG of Ladies, Btm 2nd Stage, flat no 91.
    My pg owner is not providing us a good quality of food.and even he is not taking care of cleaning stuffs, which is very important as per current situation. We have to clean our room by our own. .. And if we are preparing something for our own he is shouting and using bad words.. For the name sake he says we have power backup but they will hardly provide us the backup, for that also they will argue…
    Both husband and wife they don’t know manners how to talk with girls, they use abusive languages… Just tell me is it correct.. Because oof this lockdown, we are not able to go back to our native., so they are just tking advantage of this….
    Please suggest me whom shouldI repirt

    • Hi..we are dealing with the similar situation…and on top of that they are not providing us proper internet connectivity to WFH..and they are taking full rent from everyone who are in their hometown..but telling us opposite that others paid us half so we can’t provide full services on our expenses…

      Please let us know if you got the solution to your problem..so that we can also proceed in some way..

      Thanks

  36. I have vacat the room as per the notice sent to us by my PG owner . I have already paid full rent for March month and now they are asking for the rent of April month but due to this COVID period and lockdown we wont be able to stay in PG till 14 April or 15th April, So are we suppose the pay the rent in this lock down?-

  37. Hi Sir, I am staying in pg Bangalore. Having difficulty in paying pg rent due to this corona issue. Anyway I cant return back to Bangalore this month. But the pg owner is asking to pay full rent. Please take necessary action this

  38. Sir it’s been almost more than 20 we have Come back to our hometown m and coming 15 days of April we will be at home because of lockdown. Our pg owner is insisting us to do full payment. Even after not using the food electricity . Please reply on this. There are so many girls and guys going through this

  39. I m staying in whitefield pg ..my owner is asking to pay full amout i cant pay plz help ..

    Do the need full

  40. All are raising the concern of your stay or unable to pay. Just think how the PG owner will pay rent to building owner without any income. How they will serve food, water, electricity, cook salay, care taker salary, cleaning salary, maintenance etc… Now the building owners are forcing the pg owners to pay rent… Please help the pg owners too

    • Electricity and water we have not used and more over food is not eaten by us. PG owners are supposed to take rent only for the ones who are staying in pg. Ppl who are staying in home and luggage is been kept in PG how can you except to pay more than 2k

  41. Hi sir, I am staying in a PG in Bangalore, our pg owner forcing us to pay full rent for next month i.e April no one knows whether we r going back to PG in April or not. And because of Corona company decided to deduct salary. In this situation how can we able to pay full rent sir. Please help us sir.

  42. Hello Sir

    I am a PG owner in Bangalore..some of them in our OG has gone home…very few people are staying…and they are given with work from home and salary…we are providing them food and shelter…should i collect the rent or should i feed them with my own savings?

    I should pay the building rent as well..consider our request and give us a valid solution.

    Thank you

  43. I stay in pg.my pg owner is forcing me to pay full amount of pg.what should I do????

  44. As we came to our natives since covid..pg people are asking to pay full amount…as we dint stayed properly….how can we pay it was unexpected for all of us ..give me suggestion for this as we need to pay or no need of paying rent?

      • Please ask the pg/owners not to ask rent from us for April-May, our office will not pay us full salary, it will be very difficult for us to pay such hefty amount as rent of pg in this tough situation ??? please do something, rest cities like Delhi, Madhya Pradesh have already declared not to ask rent for accommodation to any one staying in PG/ Hostels. They are so helpful to their people, please request you to do same?

    • The same problem in Banglore, Please Govt needs to help us all.
      Please resolve this issue.

  45. Hi Sir,I am staying in pg due to lock down I came to home town. My owners are asking to pay full payment.why should I pay full payment sir.they are forcing me to pay.please help me in it sir

    • Same situation with me, This is a “The Pandemic”. Everyone should understand this.

  46. Sir,

    We are staying in PG at Bangalore our PG owner is asking forcefully to pay the PG rent hence our government has been already announced that no one of house or PG owners should not ask rent for 3 month but still they are asking

    The owner number is 8550800333

  47. Hi sir, I’m staying in a pg in Bangalore, due to covid-19 I went to my native.. now pg people asking me to pay the full amount of pg rent there is any rules regarding this. If I’m not staying there why should I pay full pg rent.

  48. We are staying in BMR PG Hulimavu (Bangalore).we are coming difficulty to pay pg rent.so pg owner force for rent.pls help me.money is not pocket.Actually, I am from UP, how will I go to UP?

  49. Hi im staying in a pg in bangalore. Having difficulties paying the pg rent due to the lock down. The company mentioned that they will pay the salary in the month of May. So, is there a rule to not pay the rent during the lock down period? Please advise.

  50. Hello, I’m from Mumbai. When the lockdown was announced, I found a place to stay.

    Noe the family that hosted me is not able to manage, I have found a service apartment.

    I need help with transportation, can someone help pls

    Thank you,
    Chinten
    9920934198

  51. Sir,
    We are students from andhrapradesh and we r staying in pg ashwatnagar. We are finding difficulty to pay hostel fees as of now.

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