With May rent looming, some Seattle tenants eye 'rent strikes' as coronavirus continues to upend lives
'Woman looking worried over bills in kitchen' [Shutterstock]

SEATTLE — Two weeks after the coronavirus closed the Seattle restaurant where Sean Case works as a cook, his rent was due. More than a month later, the 30-year-old is receiving unemployment assistance but still has no job, and rent is about to be due again.Some other tenants in his building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood also are service workers whose incomes have been hit. Dozens recently signed a letter asking their landlord for relief and are now contemplating actions such as a “rent strike” to show solidarity with each other and tenants elsewhere by jointly withholding rent.As May rent d...


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