Watch the Video:
Real estate leasing contracts are primarily of two types: for commercial purposes and residential purposes. Now to begin with the residential purposes first, even when the force majeure event strikes the tenant continues to reside in the property, he uses the place to eat, sleep, drink, spend his time, etc. So his occupation of the residential flat continues even during the COVID-19 lockdown.
In such a case, the landlord might as well have a right to continue insisting on payment of the rent because for the simple reason that the payment of the rent has no connection with the job or economic activity, profits or losses of the tenant.
So long as the tenant is staying in the property, using the facilities, using the amenities and occupying it in that case he will have to continue paying rent to the landlord even if a force majeure event like covid-19 occurs.