Letter: Landlords seeing effects of COVID-19

Published 8:22 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Walz administration has imposed a peacetime emergency. Specifically, in this emergency landlords may not evict tenants for not paying rent. The problem with this is that tenants are now taking advantage of the landlords by not paying rent even if they are able.

For example, my family has renters, and one renter has a job and refuses to pay any sort of rent when he is able to. There is protection in place for the tenant, but everyone seems to forget about the landlords. We are not greedy multi-millionaires looking to rob the working class. We are simply people trying to make ends meet just like everyone else during this time. We do not have unlimited amounts of money to cover for tenants when they come up short.

Although I am very sympathetic to their demands, I believe landlords should be guaranteed some sort of money when the tenant falls up short. We are paying thousands and thousands to keep up properties with no income coming in and people living for free.

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Breckin Hoechst

Albert Lea