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De Blasio says he's 'looking into possibility' of rent freeze

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Posted at 8:34 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 20:34:44-04

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continued to suggest he was open to a rent freeze during the coronavirus outbreak but offered no further details about when a decision might be made.

"There's obviously the process that our rent guidelines board goes through and we'll have more to say," de Blasio said. They are looking into "how we should handle folks who are not covered by rent stableization."

"A rent moratorium is an idea that has a lot of value to it. I want to look into the possibility of that." He added that he was encouraged that evictions were "for all intents and purposes" not happening in the city.

The mayor suggested he wanted to look further into the stimulus package Congress and President Trump agreed to before going any further with the idea. He wanted to see if it would allow people to pay for things they needed, including rent.