POMIDA sent a letter to the Prime Minister requesting that there be special provisions for the implementation of the 80% rent cut.
The Panhellenic Federation of Property Owners requested that the reduction of rents for closed businesses be accompanied by four necessary regulations and mainly by the immediate payment of rents and compensations.
The announcement is as follows:
“To the Prime Minister Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis
The Minister of Finance Mr. Christos Staikouras
The Minister of Development Mr. Adonis Georgiadis
The Deputy Minister of Finance Mr. Theodoros Skylakakis
The Deputy Minister of Finance Mr. Apostolos Vesyropoulos
The Commander of AADE Mr. George Pitsilis
Athens, 16 December 2020
Honorable President, Ministers, Governors We were surprised and mixed feelings to hear your announcement in Parliament for a two-month extension of the mandatory reduction of professional rents by 80%, with 60% state compensation, which as we were duly assured will is on full rent and not on its reduction, in order to avoid mass “padlocks” in the market.
The positive side of the new regulation for the owners who know the issues is the tax-free and unsecured 60% of the state compensation, in view of the reduced real possibility of collecting 60% of the rents of these months from the tenants with the closed shops.
But the downside, Mr President, for property owners, who are experiencing an immediate loss of income and will have to wait if and when the tenant pays their share and when the repayment process is initiated, is the scope of the regulation and the manner and time of its implementation. Specifically:
-It is whether it will be limited to the core of the businesses for which
de facto is inevitable, ie the really closed by state order, with lowered shutters and without “back door”, or it will “overflow” with the inclusion of operating businesses, rental housing, student, etc.
-It is if and when 20% will be paid by the tenants, if
again there is no relevant regulation and even at the moment when the owners – with the restrictions on the operation of the Courts – can not have any judicial protection, even when the debts of their employees are reduced to a time before the relevant measures are taken and the closing of stores
-It is the multi-month delay in the declaration, liquidation, disbursement and
60% payment, which also includes the risk of rejecting COVID declarations due to untrue tenant declarations, at a time when the settlement of large number of landlords’ returns for several past months is pending, in contrast to the direct payments of aid to all other sectors of the economy and society.
-It is the destruction of landlords-legal entities of any kind, inside
which include hundreds of non-profit institutions and associations, with strong social and charitable activities and their only income is the rents they receive, which while now they will suffer even more bloody rent reductions, are wrongly constantly excluded from any facility in this matter.
– It is not combined with immediate relief measures from the others
tax and any loan obligations and arrangements of landlords to which they are clearly unable to meet.
THIS IS WHAT WE ASK FOR:
1. To strictly limit the measure to the two-month rents of the inmates
and business only.
2. To return the obligation of timely payment of 20% of the rent
by the tenants in order for them to be entitled to the benefit of the rent reduction.
3. Apply to all landlords all favorable suspensions and
4. To be entitled to return and all kinds of legal
real estate agents.
Finally, the process of clearing November compensations and then their payment to the landlords’ bank accounts, must be done automatically, with the submission and immediate electronic verification of any valid COVID declaration and not after the deadline “.