My neighbors are welfare bums. They moved in to a rental place a few months ago then this happened. Their income did not change. But they decided hey we can get away with not paying rent. At the same time have spent probably $1000 or more on new toys that are scattered all over the yard.
I do not know anyone who truly lost all their income and really could not pay rent. Most people in real situations like that I think if you are trying and paying some the landlords will work with you. But you can't expect them to just let you live there for free. They have bills to pay too.
Overall, I agree with you! Nonetheless, I think your neighbors are in the minority as far as how many people behave. Even though not all income may be lost, rents can be very high, especially in some areas of the country. Yesterday I heard that many landlords are ready to evict and try to get people who can pay. On the one hand, I can't blame them; on the other, there may be more homeless in a country with already too many. Homelessness affects a person/family in so many ways. This whole situation is frustrating and heartbreaking in many ways.
If the person can pay their rent/mortgage they need to pay it. More than you think are taking advantage. People are making more drawing unemployment than working. I can see things both ways. I would think if you work hard and are honestly trying you won't end up on the street. Either they will try to work with you or family will take you in. I always wonder when people have family why they are living on the street. There has to be a reason. But you can't expect landlords to let people just live in their properties while paying NOTHING. Too many take advantage of a situation and then it hurts people who are really trying. Another thing to point out - there are jobs every where. People are lazy. People don't want to work. I have seen interviews online all across the country, and talked to people around my area, and management say they can't get anybody to work. They either make more drawing unemployment than they can pay or they just don't want to work. I understand that retail type jobs are not desirable but which is better - working at Walmart or living in your car with 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 4 kids? Then expecting everyone to feel sorry for you.
I am not sure how it will work on missed months of rent. I mean you still owe the money. Kind of like mortgages. You may have skipped a month or two but you still owe the money. You still have to pay it. The landlord has bills to pay as well. And the rent is at least a portion of his income. And lots of times the property he rents is not owned free and clear so he is still having to make a mortgage payment.
This is a hard decision. If you lost your job I can see and sympathize if you can't come up with possibly 2 to 3 months rent. In the other hand, country girl is correct there are a percentage of people who don't have any desire to work or pay bills and that affects the entire population. Also the landlords need that rent money, they also have bills that are due and probably a mortgage payment on that property. They cant, and should not be expected to, carry your rent payments you need to pay your landlord.