More than 26 million Americans and 1.2 million New Yorkers have filed for unemployment since the Coronavirus lockdowns took effect last month. The effect on rentals was almost immediate: One estimate concluded 1/3 of tenants didn’t pay their April rent when it was due. Evictions are on hold in New York State until June 19, sparing renters the immediate fear of homelessness. Beyond that, things are uncertain for tenants, who face anxiety over their shelter, and landlords, who could take a financial bath without more government help . . .
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