ACORN is currently pushing for the government to protect renters against the economic impact that the outbreak may have on them. The petition calls on the Government to enact temporary rent freezes for renters suffering with the virus or self isolating for the period of their self isolation and recovery. The measures brought in on 18 March banning any applications for new evictions in the next 3 months still compel renters to repay any rent payments they can't afford at this time through a future payment plan. This will leave thousands of renters out of pocket for weeks or even months as they try to pay back arrears once the crisis has abated.
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