Should the Coronavirus Pandemic Mean People Get to Stop Paying Their Rent?


MINOT, N.D. — There’s been a lot of Sturm und Drang in the headlines, of late, about the plight of tenants facing eviction, or even just a continued expectation that they pay their rent, as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on our regional and national economies.

I am sympathetic.

It’s not fair that people are losing their jobs and are impacted in other ways, both social and economic, because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

But then, the virus isn’t fair to anyone.

I’m worried that ideologues are exploiting this situation in what is a political crusade against landlords predating the current emergency.

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