Making Rent When The Paycheck Abruptly Stops

Jay Shah

April 01, 2020

Originally published in WSHU on April 01, 2020.

Rent comes due this week for many people. For Long Islanders who’ve lost their jobs or paychecks due to the coronavirus, the pandemic may cause more than a health crisis.

The state is considering legislation to suspend rent collection for 90 days for people who were hurt by the pandemic. 

State Senator Kevin Thomas of Long Island is a cosponsor of the legislation.

“We are in an emergency situation here. Individuals that were living paycheck to paycheck no long have a paycheck. They now have to choose between paying rent or putting food on their tables for their families.”

He says the bill also allows landlords to get a deduction on their mortgages.

“This also helps landlords because if tenants are not paying the monthly rent, they can use that towards a deduction of their mortgage payments to the bank.”

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