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The government has decided to grant exemption to restaurants, cafes and gyms from paying rent on state or municipally owned properties between Feb. 1 and May 31, the Prime Minister’s chief of staff said on Friday.

Gergely Gulyás said that granting a similar exemption to tenants of privately owned properties would also be a “legitimate” proposal.

Gulyás argued that Hungarian law offered a possibility for withholding rental payments in vis major situations in which the tenant was prevented from generating revenue. But the government “does not wish to mediate in legal disputes between private partners,” he added.

Gulyás noted that retirees would receive the first quarter of their 13th month pension in February, and said that “what pensioners were stripped of under the left wing’s crisis management, the [incumbent] government will return over the course of 4 years”.

Meanwhile, on the subject of the government’s home renovation subsidy scheme, he said the grants and subsidised loans to families was a key part of its action plan to revive the economy. Reducing VAT on homes to 5 percent would boost construction in 2021, he added.

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Gulyás said that providing employment for people under 25 was also important, noting the related personal income tax exemption from next year. Also, businesses and private individuals can benefit from a moratorium on debt repayments until June 30, he added.

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