A landlord in Brooklyn, New York, is making sure his hundreds of tenants have one less thing to worry about during the coronavirus pandemic.
When 28-year-old Paul Gentile lost his job in March due to virus concerns, he had no idea how he was going to pay April’s rent, according to the New York Times.
However, a few days after being let go from his position at a personal injury firm where he worked as a lawyer, he spotted a sign on the front door of his apartment building.
“Due to the recent pandemic of coronavirus COVID-19 affecting all of us, please note I am waiving rent for the month of April, 2020,” the sign read.
“Stay safe, help your neighbors & wash your hands!!! Thank you, Mario,” it concluded.
The note was from Gentile’s landlord, 59-year-old Mario Salerno, who posted it at all 18 of his residential buildings in the Williamsburg borough.
Thursday, Salerno said he did not care about losing his rental income for the month, nor did he even calculate what his loss would be.
“My concern is everyone’s health,” he explained, adding, “I told them just to look out for your neighbor and make sure that everyone has food on their table.”
While the city has reportedly become the country’s “hotspot” for the disease, Gentile said his landlord’s kind gesture during the health crisis was surprising but not shocking because he regularly takes care of his tenants.
“You don’t see that, especially in a landlord-tenant relationship in New York City. He’s amazing,” he commented.
“They’re all very appreciative. I told them ‘make sure you help your neighbor,'” he concluded.