With thousands of people forced out of work due to restaurant closures across the country some have simply decided to stop paying rent. “It’s a decision that I have made personally that is both political and very much out of necessity,” says Chris Tyler, 31. Tyler lost his food service job the first week of the California shut down and shortly after that he and his partner decided to no longer pay rent on their one bedroom apartment. California is in its second full month of shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and many residents are turning to alternative economical means to stay in their homes. They are calling it a #rentstrike, and are calling for state legislature to do more for their financial stability.
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