U.S. Senate Candidate Betsy Sweet issues statement on nationwide rent and mortgage moratorium during COVID-19 crisis

Today, U.S. Senate candidate Betsy Sweet joins other local, state and national lawmakers in calling for an immediate 90-day moratorium on rent payments. This temporary ban would apply to residential and commercial leases.

AUGUSTA, MAINE (April 2, 2020) – Today, U.S. Senate candidate Betsy Sweet joins other local, state and national lawmakers in calling for an immediate 90-day moratorium on rent payments. This temporary ban would apply to residential and commercial leases.

Statement from U.S. Senate Candidate Betsy Sweet on 90-day rent moratorium: 

“Along with pausing evictions, utility shutoffs, and freezing mortgage payments, we need to enact a 90-day rent moratorium. This will keep families in their homes and small businesses afloat. Rent payments must be frozen as long as people are unable to work because of COVID-19.

We are in an unprecedented time of pandemic and economic crisis. When we are being asked to stay home, having a home to stay in is a right, not a privilege. Countless families already face difficulties making their next rent payment in normal times. With unemployment claims skyrocketing, any loss of income could result in eviction.

The financial security of workers and their families should be our first priority. Without additional help, the long term effects of this crisis will be crippling.” 

A former director of the Maine Women’s Lobby and the Maine Commission for Women, as well as a small business owner, Sweet has spent her career advocating for people with disabilities, the elderly, women, children, and low-income individuals and families.

She gained statewide prominence in 2018, when she ran in the Democratic primary for Governor. Sweet was the only person to run as a clean elections candidate, and she helped write and pass the 1996 Maine Clean Election Act.