Landlord Says He Won't Collect Rent Because Of Coronavirus Outbreak, Urges Others To Do The Same
A landlord in Maine says he won't collect rent from his tenants because of the coronavirus outbreak has put his tenants in a financial pinch. Nathan Nichols, who owns two units in South Portland, urged other landlords to give their tenants rent relief as the U.S. grapples with the deadly virus.
Many U.S. cities over the last week have imposed shutdowns of businesses to slow the spreading of the coronavirus. Nichols wrote a Facebook post on Friday about giving his tenants a break for the month of April because they will be impacted by the severe measures taken to curb the spread of the virus.
"COVID19 is going to cause serious financial hardship for service and hourly workers around the country," Nichols said. "I own a two unit in South Portland and all of my tenants are in this category."
"Because I have the good fortune and of being able to afford it and the privilege of being in the owner class, I just let them know I would not be collecting rent in April. I ask any other landlords out there to take a serious look at your own situation and consider giving your tenants some rent relief as well," he added.
The post has more than 15,000 shares. Nichols was praised for his decision online and positive comments flooded his initial post.