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Tenants plan rent strikes in California despite eviction delays during coronavirus pandemic

Tenants plan rent strikes in California despite eviction delays during coronavirus pandemic

4/1/2020 4:02:00 PM

Tenants plan rent strikes in California despite eviction delays during coronavirus pandemic

Activists called for improved measures for protecting tenants after authorities issued moratoriums on COVID-19 related evictions.

A view of San Francisco's famed Painted Ladies and skyline on February 18, 2014 in California.Justin Sullivan/Getty Imagesfiguresreleased Thursday, more than 186,000 of those initial unemployment insurance claims were made in California, making it one of the worst affected states.

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In an attempt to ease the pressure on tenants amid the unemployment spike, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered that a two-month delay be placed on evictions of renters impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Similar moratoriums on evictions were passed by the Los Angeles and Oakland city councils that same week. San Francisco Mayor London Breed also ordered on March 23 that a delay be placed on no-fault evictions until June 21.

California community activists believe some of the moratoriums do not go far enough, and have called for blanket eviction bans and rent suspensions to be ordered.Most U.S. Workers Can't Afford Rent, Food Under 30-Day Quarantine: SurveyRead moreSalon

on Tuesday,"The call for rent strikes are really a call for leadership, a call for leadership from our elected officials, from our state officials from the federal government to institute rent suspensions, and blanket eviction moratoriums, which at this point hasn't happened especially here in California."

Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, the LA Tenants Union co-founder, toldThe Guardianthat there was"never a better time" for tenants to put pressure on public authorities by holding back rent payments."There has never been a better time to use what little power we have, which is often your rent check, as a way of demanding that the city and state do right by a majority of its constituents," she told the newspaper.

Speaking to The Appeal about rent strikes in Oakland set to begin today, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Oakland Director Carroll Fife said,"There are several individuals across this country that will not be able to financially afford to pay rent and also have food for their families."

She added that people on rent strikes were not paying for accommodation so they could afford to survive the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read more: Newsweek »

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