San Luis Obispo County Rent Freeze and Mortgage Freeze NOW

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The outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis has business owners closing doors and laying off employees. San Luis Obispo County is faced with an extreme crisis.  How are our citizens going to pay rent and or mortgages?  We are asking for a freeze similar to what Italy has mandated the suspension of all rents and mortgages until the COVID-19 pandemic is over with.  Doing so will allow our citizens to stay home without the added concern of loosing their business and housing plus limit the spread of the virus.  This needs to be acted upon immediately. 

An eviction freeze will not solve the problem. Businesses and Laid-off employees will not be able to afford these payments at a later date so allowing rent and mortgages to be paid retroactively will not be an option. We believe it is in the common good to create a county wide rent and mortgage freeze on all business and residential properties. 

San Luis Obispo County is one of the most costly areas to live in the country.  Without our businesses open and jobs lost we need to freeze the rents and mortgages now, not later, not next month, but now to avoid a major financial crisis in our county.

We demand therefore that San Luis Obispo County enforce a rent and mortgage freeze immediately until the COVID-19 crisis passes, until there are tests that show this is no longer a threat to all of us until our businesses are open and our employees are back working.