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Housing in Brief: What Landlords are Saying About Rent and Evictions During the Outbreak

Next City JARED BREY MARCH 20, 2020

Landlords are not the most trusted figures even in ordinary times, and as the novel coronavirus outbreak leads to sudden layoffs and economic losses, tenants and their advocates are wondering how landlords will respond. The messages so far are mixed. One landlord in Portland, Maine, got the Today Show treatment after announcing he wouldn’t collect rent for April. Another wrote a letter to the editor of the L.A. Times saying it was “unfair” to ban evictions during the outbreak. The National Multifamily Housing Council, an apartment-industry group, sent a press release last week saying it was “actively working with Congress” to get financial assistance for people losing work because of the crisis, including rental assistance.

“NMHC believes it is critical that, given the scale of the challenge, the federal government step in and provide short-term financial assistance to renters facing layoffs or lengthy periods without a paycheck,” the group wrote in a press release. “Not only would such legislation be of huge value to those who need it most, it would be more effective than efforts like moratoriums on evictions.” here to read more.

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