HYDERABAD: With beginning of a new month, new miseries await people in the city. A large section of public - mostly officegoers, skilled and unskilled labourers and students - living in rented rooms or apartments in the city form the core of this inconvenienced lot as it is time to pay the rent. And guess what, the landlords want it in cash.
The reasons given by the landlords, majority of who do not even maintain a rental agreement, range from absence of a bank account to age related inconveniences. Take for instance Raziya’s (name changed) case. Owner of three apartments in Begumpet, online transfer of rent is a ‘strict no’ in her case. While demonetisation might be a problem for her tenants, an unmoved Raziya insists on receiving her rent in cash.
“If all my tenants pay me online, how will I keep track of who paid and who did not?” she wonders. Another landlord in Brahmanwadi, Rajamma, in her early seventies, says: “I don’t have a bank account at the first place.” However, she has an offer for her tenants: “Pay in instalments.”