Rent strikes being planned around the U.S., amid COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 9:36 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 09:37:04-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla -- It's the first of the month, and for many Americans COVID-19 has left them without a job And unable to make rent or mortgage payments.

Many fear for those who won't have a place to shelter, as more shelter-in-place orders continue to be issued. It's why they're fighting on the state and national level to ban evictions.

A group called 'Rent Strike 2020' is pushing every governor to freeze rent, mortgage, and utility bills for two months. Otherwise, it plans to strike.

A group of Florida democrats has also been meeting online to help Floridians who can't wait for federal stimulus dollars or don't qualify for them. They're pushing Governor DeSantis to issue a statewide moratorium. Rent would still need to be paid, but it would give people more time.

Right now, eviction enforcement is on hold in the courtrooms until after the 17th. But the group wants a direct order from DeSantis, to last indefinitely.

Desantis would join at least nine other states, including New York and California, if he orders a hold on evictions. He has said previously that he'd consider this.