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Congress might allow frustrated landlords to seek rent relief

A measure moving through the U.S. House of Representatives would allow landlords to apply without tenant approval for federal aid to cover back rent they are owed - more than 6 million households owed some $16.8 billion in rent debt, according to census data from early August.... Read more»

How COVID-19 pushed Americans to the brink of homelessness

Across the country, as many as 1 in 5 renters say they have fallen behind on rent during the pandemic, and for families who have no financial safety net to fall back on, the economic consequences of the coronavirus have pushed them to the precipice of homelessness.... Read more»

14% of U.S. tenants fell behind on payments during the pandemic

The nationwide total rent debt is estimated to be upwards of $20 billion - with more than 5.8 million renters, or 14%, in arrears - twice as many as in 2017, and dozens of consumer rights organizations are urging the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect the credit records of tenants facing economic hardship because of the pandemic. ... Read more»