SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) - A small business landlord is giving his tenants some much-needed relief during the Coronavirus Pandemic. He's waived rent for April.
"Business is difficult in good times. It's especially difficult in bad times," says Daniel Powell, who is the landlord for 17 small businesses in the popular Arts District along South Cedros Avenue. "I think that what we can do together is more than we can do apart."
Powell says he felt it was the "right" thing to do. His tenants say it's a reflection of the kind of person he is.
"His generosity and his action reminded me of what this is all about," says Carly Blalock, the owner of an interior design firm in Solana Beach. "It's about taking care of one another right now."
"I have huge gratitude for him," says art dealer Lorna York. "I didn't know how I'd make it, and how I'd pay my rent. I have no income."
Powell says he hasn't thought about May rent yet. He also added he didn't do this to pressure other landlords. He feels everyone needs to do what's best for themselves and their tenants.
"I just think that it's all about being as true to yourself as you can," he says. "And doing acts of kindness. A simple act of kindness in whatever way you can give it is what we need at this time."