While property owners across Canada might soon be afforded some leeway in the form of mortgage and bill payment deferrals given the unprecedented economic stresses that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused, renters are wondering if and when they too will be granted some financial breathing room.
Seeing as many people in Toronto are out of a job at the moment, and that property owners might be eligible to defer paying their mortgage for six months (and their property taxes and other bills for two), some residents are planning on outright refusing to pay their rent next month.
A hashtag, #KeepYourRent, was started along with the movement by grassroots group Parkdale Organize this weekend.
📱 ORGANIZE Your Neighbours (safely)!
❓ FAQ – What You Need to Know: https://t.co/S8QldwPioD
⛓️ JOIN the Facebook organizing group: https://t.co/4Gt8ViUDaD
👇👇👇 KEEP YOUR RENT THREAD 👇👇👇
— Parkdale Organize (@ParkdaleOrg) March 20, 2020
“Some of us have run out of money or don’t have much left… People are losing their jobs or are having their hours cut. And we all know rent is due,” a page dedicated to #KeepYourRent reads. “While working class people struggle to buy food and supplies, landlords are waiting for a cheque. On April 1 that cheque won’t come.”