NYC housing activists call for nationwide #CancelRent strike

Issued on: 06/05/2020 – 09:26Modified: 06/05/2020 – 09:26

In hard-hit New York, thousands of people have joined a rent strike movement dubbed #CancelRent as the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread. Theyre now calling for a nationwide strike on the same theme. FRANCE 24 reports from New York City.

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When the landlord came knocking for the rent at the start of the month, Dylan and his flatmates refused to pay: “We told him that that we werent able to pay the rent at the moment because we didnt have any income. He was not pleased.” Dylan lost his job, and therefore his income, in a nightclub when the coronavirus crisis hit.

The city hasnt seen anything like it since the Great Depression. Some landlords have said that tenants dont have to pay their rent. Mario Salerno, who lets out several properties in Brooklyn, is one such landlord: “A lot of them lost their jobs, a lot of them were struggling, a lot of them would have become homeless so Im telling them to relax.”

But Jay Martin, who runs an organisation representing the Big Apples landlords, said that – far from being a form of extortion – rent payments are always needeRead More – Source