In what is likely the largest coordinated rent strike in the U.S. in recent history, people affected by the coronavirus shutdowns are telling their landlords not that they’ll pay rent later, but that they won’t pay at all.
More than 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the last six weeks, and millions more have tried but failed to file claims—and as overwhelmed unemployment offices are slow to pay benefits, many people don’t have the money to pay rent. Millions of people still haven’t received their stimulus checks; in cities like New York, where the rent for a typical one-bedroom apartment is nearly $3,000, a stimulus check for $1,200 won’t go far.
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