Landlords struggle to receive emergency rental assistance : Planet Money : The Indicator from Planet Money For renters to receive emergency rental assistance, they usually need cooperation from their landlords. This is also true vice versa. On today's show, we hear about the struggles of two mom-and-pop landlords with renters who left them holding the bag.
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Check out some of Chris Arnold's earlier reporting on the challenges renters are facing during the pandemic:
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Nitin Bajaj and his family poses inside the empty and damaged apartment unit where two tenants stayed for 16 months without paying rent due to the Covid-19 rent relief program in Los Angeles, Calif., on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Once the tenants left, they took all the appliances, including the stove, washer, and dryer, leaving Nitin with over $50,000 in the hole.
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Last December, the federal government approved billions of dollars in emergency rental assistance. The money would pay back rent for the millions of people who had lost their jobs during the pandemic and would help both renters and landlords.

Nitin Bajaj and his wife, Nimisha Lotia are landlords who said their renters stopped paying rent, citing a citywide eviction ban for people struggling with financial hardship due to the coronavirus. So they were happy to hear about the federal program.

However, the landlords weren't able to apply for the financial aid because they say their renters would not work with them on the necessary paperwork. In fact, they say the renters skipped town, taking the kitchen appliances with them and owing $32,000 in back rent.

Today on the show, should the government figure out a way to allow struggling mom-and-pop landlords to receive financial help when dealing with uncooperative renters?

​​Check out some of Chris Arnold's earlier reporting on the challenges renters are facing during the pandemic:

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