In Jackson County there has been a temporary freeze against evictions but now a movement is taking hold to cancel rent altogether.
To wit and with special thanks to the very BEST & BRIGHTEST readers of this blog . . .
ACTIVISTS WORK TO LAUNCH THE KANSAS CITY "RENT STRIKE" TO HELP FAMILIES COPE WITH HARDSHIP AMID THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC!!!
This tactic is even more extreme than KC Tenants working to provide a rent & utility "holiday" in order to protect the homeless and extremely low income families.
Check the premise and a local petition that's also spreading quickly via social media . . .
"I believe it is our common good to create an area-wide rent freeze now, not later, not next month, but now. Without work, without sick days, many of us, including myself will not be able to afford our rents come April 1st. We will not be able to afford this rent retroactively. We will not have this money at some later date. We request a grace period of 1 - 3 months rent, without retroactive payments expected, during the duration of the quarantine. I am one of the 70% of Americans who live paycheck to paycheck and rely on my monthly income to pay my monthly rent. Nationally and internationally there are efforts to suspend mortgage, rent, and utility payments until the national state of emergency and local regulations keep workers from working and securing an income.
"An eviction moratorium was passed in Jackson County, March 19th 2020 - it is attached to this document for review. Amidst a national emergency a moratorium WILL NOT BE SUFFICIENT and DOES NOT MEET OUR NEEDS of safe and secure housing during these uncertain times. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has signed an eviction ban that applies to everyone effective until May 1st. There is no protection from evictions on the Missouri side. If people are unable to work, we will not have accumulated missed rent in a few months. Again, as 70% of Americans do, many of us live paycheck to paycheck. We are currently unemployed for the foreseeable future.
"We, your tenants, are not the only ones distributing this letter. This personal demand is a part of a larger collective action to freeze rent and protect those most marginalized, including your tenants who are not able to afford rent with these infrastructure cancellations. In these dire times, those who accumulate wealth via their additional property ownership (beyond their home) need to absolutely forgo some of that wealth for the betterment of our society and to ease the suffering of others. We are in a state of emergency, our livelihoods at risk, we hope this is taken seriously."
Developing . . .