Hasan Minhaj’s ‘Patriot Act’ wants to help you figure out what to do if you can’t pay rent

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Federal, state, and local COVID-19 relief plans have created a confusing mismatch of regulations about evictions and rent payments that can be hard to navigate. The show put together some helpful info. Rent is almost due again, but for many of the millions of Americans out of work during the COVID-19 pandemic, their financial situation hasn’t changed. Nearly 20% of renters across the country did not pay their May rent in the first week of the month, and nearly 10% still didn’t by May 20 . Rent moratoriums and eviction protections are complicated and can vary from state to state. If you’re having trouble paying rent and aren’t sure what measures are in place to help you during this pandemic, you can now go to dontgetkickedout.com , a website of renter resources put together by the Netflix show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj . Read Full Story

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Can’t pay rent because of the coronavirus? This site will help you explain your rights to your landlord

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Under the CARES Act, some renters are protected from evictions. With, Hello Landlord, you can explain those rights with a carefully worded letter. Almost one-third of apartment renters in the U.S. haven’t yet paid rent for April, as millions of Americans have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic. A free tool called Hello Landlord , from legal experts, helps tenants quickly draft a letter to their landlord to explain why they haven’t paid—and outline their right to avoid evictions under the CARES Act, the sweeping aid package signed into law on March 27. Read Full Story

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Ithaca, New York, is the first U.S. city to say it will cancel rent during the pandemic

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Postponing rent is one thing, but how are people with no jobs supposed to pay later? This city wants to eliminate the debt of renters. In Ithaca, New York, where nearly three-quarters of residents are renters, and COVID-19 has forced many out of work, a new resolution gives the mayor the power to cancel rent debt from the last three months, both for tenants and small businesses. The resolution—which also freezes rents and requires landlords to offer tenants lease extensions—requires approval from the state government, but housing activists believe that will happen. The city is the first in the country to act on nationwide calls to cancel rent because of the pandemic. Read Full Story

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It’s time to cancel rent

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A national group of local politicians are calling on state governors to do more to protect renters than simply ban evictions, and recognize that people whose jobs have disappeared will never be able to afford back rent. As millions of newly laid-off Americans try to figure out how to pay rent for the month, with no clear sign of when they may be able to work again, city council members and advocates across the country are calling for a radical step: canceling rent payments. Read Full Story

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6 million American households could face eviction on January 1

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The CDC’s eviction moratorium expires on January 1. Even if the Biden administration has a plan to help renters, unless Trump acts there will be a 20-day gap when landlords can try to evict anyone who didn’t pay. As 2020 ends, millions of Americans will face a new challenge: the risk of eviction in January if the current CDC eviction moratorium is allowed to expire on December 31. By one estimate , as many as 6,471,000 households could be at risk of losing their homes as the pandemic continues to grow. Read Full Story

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This map shows where Americans are most at risk of eviction

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As extra $600 weekly federal unemployment nears its end, paying the rent may become even harder for millions of Americans still out of work due to the coronavirus. Here’s where the problem is most acute. As businesses that closed because of the pandemic begin to reopen, millions of Americans are still unemployed. By the end of July—unless the government acts—they’ll stop getting the extra federal unemployment benefit of $600 a week that came as part of the CARES Act. For as many as 6.7 million renters, that might mean facing eviction. Read Full Story

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Rent is almost due again: Here’s how well your state is protecting renters from eviction

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This scorecard explains what measures your state is doing to keep you in your house if you lost your job due to the pandemic. With millions of Americans out of work and unable to pay rent because of the coronavirus pandemic, activists and legislators have been pushing for protections like eviction moratoriums and leniency regarding late fees. With no policies coming from the federal government, though, it’s been up to individual states to make sure their residents have stable housing, at a time when access to safe housing is directly linked to public health—and not every state is taking the same steps. Read Full Story

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How to Grow Your Local Business During Uncertain Times

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No doubt this is a hard time to grow a local business. Coronavirus has likely forced you to make big changes to the way you operate. It’s almost certainly hit your bottom line too. However, it’s still absolutely possible to grow your local business at a time like this. You just have to be smart about it. In this article, I’ll talk you through how to do that. First, though, here’s a bit of detail on why this is such a challenging time for businesses like yours. The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Local Businesses You’re probably sick of reading and hearing the word “unprecedented.” I know I am. Unfortunately, it’s just the best word to describe the current climate for local businesses. By the end of March, 32 states had locked down in response to the pandemic. Two in five small businesses across the US had temporarily closed …

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Can this flexible rent payment app help renters avoid evictions?

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Paying rent on a less strict schedule can be a lifesaver for some people. Till helps give people a solution that’s not just a one-time monthly payment. Even before the pandemic, many Americans struggled to afford rent, collectively paying landlords billions in late fees each year. On average, 3.6 million eviction cases are filed each year, and 1.5 million Americans end up being evicted. Read Full Story

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The pandemic worsened America’s housing crisis. Here’s how Biden can help

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Biden faces steep housing challenges, from helping renters who can’t pay their rent during COVID-19 to preparing American homes for climate change. Long before Election Day, as the pandemic thrashed the economy, the housing agenda of the next presidential administration was largely set. Peoples’ abilities to pay rents and mortgages has been severely tested, putting the onus on the government to step in with protections. And while this has happened to some degree, more help will be needed as the pandemic drags on. Read Full Story

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