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Republican Mayoral Candidate Fernando Mateo Vows to Protect Some NYC Landlords

NEW YORK — Republican mayoral candidate Fernando Mateo on Wednesday night vowed to protect some landlords that he claimed are being taken advantage of by tenants refusing to pay their rent.

When asked in an interview with Inside City Hall anchor Errol Louis how he would deal with the looming eviction crisis stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, Mateo said he would support some landlords getting the same rights as tenants, claiming some renters have taken advantage of them.

Mateo claimed, without providing evidence, that some New Yorkers have been collecting unemployment and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and “actually are making more money than if they’re actually going to work.”

“I know landlords that are poor people, people of color, that are losing their property because some tenants, knowing that they can pay rent, refuse to pay rent,” Mateo said. “But guess what? Every elected official in this city has never been a property owner. They’ve never been a business owner. They’ve never had to get up in the morning, work hard to build a business, and they allow others to take it away. I will not allow that. If you can pay rent, you should be paying rent.”


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