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As Additional $600 Benefits Come To An End, How Will Tenants And Landlords Cope?




A woman wearing a mask walks past a wall bearing a graffiti asking for rent forgiveness on La Brea Ave on National May Day amid the Covid-19 pandemic,  May 1, 2020, in Los Angeles, California.
A woman wearing a mask walks past a wall bearing a graffiti asking for rent forgiveness on La Brea Ave on National May Day amid the Covid-19 pandemic, May 1, 2020, in Los Angeles, California.
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With aid expiring, the White House offered a short-term extension Thursday of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit that has helped keep families and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Democrats rejected it, saying President Donald Trump’s team failed to grasp the severity of the crisis.

Republicans have been fighting to trim back the $600 jobless benefit in the next coronavirus package, but their resolve weakened with the looming expiration of the popular benefit — and as Trump indicated that he supports keeping the full $600 benefit for now. As the additional federal benefits come to an end, many residents wonder how they’ll be able to pay rent or pay for groceries as the pandemic rages on. Eviction moratoriums remain in place for L.A. County, but it’s unclear how long that could last. Gov. Newsom signed an executive order allowing local authorities to extend moratoriums through the end of September. A UCLA study found about 365,000 renting households are at risk of being displaced. Today on AirTalk, we want to hear from renters and landlords about their experience. How are you coping as additional benefits come to an end? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722.   

With files from the Associated Press

Guest:

Eileen Kendall, founder of the Torrance-based firm Kendall Law, which specializes in real estate law; she tweets @Kendalllaw73