Advocate for small businesses closed during covid-19
Like many small businesses, we’re still responsible for paying rent despite being closed in the interest of public health. Our business interruption insurance will not cover rent liability or any other costs.
Our landlords, Equity Residential, own 150 properties in California, with $2.6 billion in annual revenue and $21.2 billion in assets. They have the ability to significantly help small business tenants, but they’re not. Equity has only offered their tenants 4 months of rent deferment, which is simply debt accumulation and will not allow small businesses to thrive in the future. We need to advocate for significant financial aid or we and our industry will not survive this crisis. Help us encourage:
Gov. Newsom to enact an order that would forgive rent for all small businesses in California during the lockdown.
Congress to include a rent and mortgage moratorium for small business in the next wave of relief aid
Equity Residential to do the right thing by offering rent abatement to their small retail tenants.
We’ve drafted templates below for you to use.
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Bonus 1 min action to take right now: Message your reps to pass the RESTAURANTS Act NOW! 500,000 independent restaurants & bars, and 11 million jobs are on the brink of going away forever. Unlike most businesses that can just turn their lights on, restaurants and bars across the country are restricted from reopening and will have capacity restrictions when they do. In order for restaurants and bars to serve communities again and assist in reigniting the economy, we need Congress to pass the RESTAURANTS Act, establishing the $120B Independent Restaurant Revitalization Fund.