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A bill has been introduced in the House that would require rent and mortgage payment refunds, as well as forgiveness on future payments, while COVID-19 remains a national emergency. But no action has yet been taken on the bill.
More coronavirus cash?
That’s the claim of a Facebook post that reads, in common online lingo:
"If u paid rent in March or April they got to give money bak."
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
Sorry, there won’t be any check in the mail — for rent or mortgage payments — at least, not the way things stand now.
The April 22 post includes a screenshot of part of a news article published two days earlier by WHBQ, a Memphis TV station.
The article reported on a bill introduced April 17 by U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that affects your primary residence — whether you rent or own.
Had it become law, H.R. 6515, also called the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act, would have meant that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would have cut you a check for any rent or mortgage payment you had made for April (or later months, if you’re someone who pays ahead).
As it is, though, no action has yet been taken on the bill, other than it being referred to the House Committee on Financial Service. A service used by GovTrack.us, which tracks legislation, says the bill has a 4% chance of being passed.
This post makes it sound like it’s a done deal. We rate it False.
Facebook, post, April 22, 2020
Email, Rep. Ilhan Omar spokesman Jeremy Levin, May 19, 2020
Congress.gov, "H.R.6515 - Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act of 2020," accessed May 19, 2020
The Guardian, "Ilhan Omar unveils bill to cancel rent and mortgage payments amid pandemic," April 17, 2020
Fox News, "Ilhan Omar introduces bill to cancel rent, mortgage payments during coronavirus pandemic," April 19, 2020
GovTrack.us, "H.R. 6515: Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act of 2020," accessed May 20, 2020
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