USA: Rent Freezes? Emergency Subsidies? Coronavirus Sparks Calls To Protect Renters

Leaders and tenant advocates across the Washington region are calling on officials to step up protections for renters amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The D.C. Council passed emergency legislation with some relief for renters Tuesday, but the D.C. Tenants Union wants lawmakers and Mayor Muriel Bowser to do more. They’re calling on the city to funnel more emergency dollars to at-risk renters and prohibit landlords from raising rents for two years, arguing that tenants could face long-term hardship after being unable to earn income during the crisis.

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