Plain Talk: “We Have No Interest in Trying to Screw Landlords,” ACLU Leader Says of Call for a Moratorium on Evictions

Austin Albrecht, who lives in 220 West Apartments on 10th Street North in Fargo, was laid off from his job because of the coronavirus pandemic. He received this memorandum telling him that rent still needed to be paid despite the difficult times. Special to The Forum

The ACLU of North Dakota, among other organizations, has called on Governor Doug Burgum to issue a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the coronavirus crisis.

Dane DeKrey, a spokesman for the ACLU, says it’s about protecting renters but not making landlords the bad guys. “We have no interest in trying to screw landlords,” DeKrey said on this episode of Plain Talk.

What the ACLU would like to see is an executive order which states that individuals can’t be evicted, can’t be foreclosed on, can’t be charged late fees or interest for failure to pay, and can’t see their credit rating downgraded.

DeKrey says he does still wand landlords to be paid what they’re owed, just not right now.

“We’re asking for a pause button,” he added.

Why should landlords be forced into a situation where they’re providing, at their expense, relief from coronavirus?

“That’s a good question,” DeKrey said, adding that it doesn’t have an easy answer.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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