Ottawa tenants organizing rent strike amid COVID-19 lay-offs

Elias Hubbard
March 28, 2020

"When I finally do go back to work when this is all over, and I have zero dollars in my savings account because I used it all on groceries and the basic expenses of living, then I'm expected to pay my rent for that month and be given six months to pay back the rent that I didn't pay", he said. And landlords, please be as flexible as you can.

Other measures for renters including cash support and assistance to help them negotiate with landlords. I have my mom, and she has a mortgage on her home. "It was news for us because they had not informed us of their closure", she said.

"I hope other (landlords) will jump in and do the same", he said.

"Every commercial tenant I have has asked if I can work with them on their rent", as have three of her residential tenants, McFadden Neath said. Renting is ideal for lots of people, for example, those who are ready for their first taste of independence but don't want the long-term commitment of a mortgage, but it shouldn't be a barrier to purchasing a home. "We are a small business", she said.

'The real estate agent said yes. "And I think for those in that group that are free-riders, it's incredibly selfish".

Ms Draeger said someone who had seen her post reached out to her to let her know the template had helped them slash their weekly rent too.

Hundreds of others on social media shared their success stories after asking for a reduced rent.

But I know people are anxious, wondering how they will pay their April rent in just a few days, and landlords are wondering how they will keep the lights on if rents aren't paid.

'We'll work out any arrears when this is over. Since emerging in December 2019, the outbreak has caused many "non-essential businesses" to close their doors or lay-off staff, leaving employees without paycheques. "It will likely increase the homeless population at the end of this".

'My business will survive exclusively on her kindness and even more importantly, my children are in a safe bubble'.

But when Curlew inquired about deferring mortgage payments, she says she was turned down.

'We sent a general email to our landlord, asking what our options were, ' the student wrote.

Landlords will not be able to evict tenants during the coronavirus pandemic under government rules. "As working-class people, we have the power to take matters into our own hands to take control over our lives and to protect ourselves when we're at our most vulnerable".

But despite the outspoken cries for a rent freeze in Toronto, some landlords are still threatening their tenants with price increases and evictions.

The Australian Financial Review cited sources on Thursday as saying state and federal treasurers were discussing the idea as a way of providing relief for renters struggling financially amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The AFR reported that under the option property investors would need to waive or reduce rents and in turn pay less income tax.

A similar plan will likely be introduced to protect small business owners who can not pay their rent due to forced closures under social distancing restrictions.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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