I’ve been seeing a lot of people saying they aren’t going to pay their rent this month and felt I needed to say something. I’ll start by saying I am not a landlord but am employed by a property management company.
I understand that a lot of people have lost their job and are unable to pay their rent this month. If you cannot, this is totally understandable and you should contact your landlord or property manager and try to figure out a payment plan. If, however, you have the ability to pay your rent and you are choosing not to because of the situation, you are no better than the assholes who bought out supplies of masks and sanitizer to markup online. You are taking advantage of a terrible situation in which a lot of people are suffering for your own benefit, which is truly selfish and disgusting.
If you choose not to pay your rent, you are putting a lot of peoples’ jobs at risk (including my own). You are continuing the cycle of our downward economy that could have long-term consequences to every single one of us for the coming years. And why? So you could skip a month’s rent? You may think your greedy landlord is the only person affected if you don’t pay your rent, but as a working-class person who will get crushed, along with millions of other people, I am here to tell you that is not the case.