‘This is about survival’: California tenants plan rent strikes as Covid-19 relief falls short

News Story (California)

Sam Levin, Vivian Ho
March 31, 2020
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Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Housing: Affordability, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Law Foundation of Silicon Valley (San Jose), Los Angeles Center for Community Law and Action


Tenants across California are organizing rent strikes for the month of April, arguing they will not be able to pay their landlords for the foreseeable future and that the minimal protections now in place fail to provide relief for vulnerable renters. “For some, the decision is pay rent and starve, or don’t pay rent and pay for food,” said Chris Estrada, an organizer with the Los Angeles Center for Community Law and Action, which has fielded calls from dozens of tenants who don’t have the cash to pay this week. For many others, he said, the reality is, “‘If we pay April, will I starve in May?’”