Some struggling to pay rent following unemployment due to coronavirus precautions

It’s the first of the month and rent is due. We asked you if your mortgage company or landlord is being flexible with payments and if you’re paying today.

More than 90% of you say you’re paying.

We talked with 21-year-old Kaylin Owens who is just trying to make ends meet.

“Rent is just the most stressful of it all because money doesn’t grow on trees,” she said.

She says she lives paycheck to paycheck and was laid off two weeks ago. Shortly after, she told her management company about her financial situation.

“I emailed them my bank account information, how much money I actually have, how much money I make, how I don’t have a job,” she said.

Owens said she told them she could afford half of her rent, advice FGCU Professor Dr. Tom Smythe gives.

“If you can offer something, that’s in their best interest because the alternative is you don’t offer anything, you don’t pay anything and they’re out that cash,” he said.

But Owens says she never received a direct response, just general emails waiving late fees. She regularly applies to jobs, but until she’s hired, the $430 in her bank account will have to last.

“It’s very stressful, like, for anybody,” she said. “I don’t know how long I’ll have a roof over my head, food in my stomach.”

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