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Apr 30, 2020

Rent is due May 1. Experts say CERB isn’t enough for some Canadian tenants

Posted April 30, 2020 | Global News 

The financial sting of COVID-19 may deepen for some Canadians this week, as May 1 ushers in the second due date for renters since the pandemic began.

The crisis has left more than one million people out of work and forced millions more to apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has highlighted the federal aid program as a way for people to pay their rent and groceries, but there has been a myriad of concerns that the funding doesn’t go far enough.

 " Some provinces, like Alberta and Ontario, have encouraged tenants and landlords to work together to develop rent payment plans.

It’s something Ismail Ibrahim, a real estate lawyer from Toronto, thinks tenants need to think seriously about for May and in the coming months.

While it’s likely not a discussion either side wants to have, there’s “really no other choice” at this point, he said. " 

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