CapRadio - Just a few weeks ago, Uma Tufekcic was hustling two jobs: at a restaurant and an art gallery in Sacramento. Then, like millions across the globe, the coronavirus crisis yanked the rug out from under her.
Now, she has no income. She isolates at home every day with her kitten, Iris, and occasionally paints or sneaks out for a walk in the park.
But on Wednesday, it’s time to pay her landlord: $900 for her Midtown studio apartment.
“I have rent due on the first like everybody else,” Tufekcic said. “And I need to be saving my little bit of savings for buying food, survival things.”
She has a plan.
“What I'm going to do,” she said, “is I'm going to not pay my rent.”
She and other tenants are calling this decision a “rent strike,” something residents across the country are considering as the rent comes due in this coronavirus era.
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