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San Jose strikes down proposal to suspend rent, citing constitutional concerns

A contentious proposal to suspend rent for three months for families who are struggling to make rent due to coronavirus was struck down by San Jose’s attorney at a virtual City Council meeting Tuesday, concerned the policy violated the Constitution.

City Attorney Rick Doyle said the city would be on the hook for the forgiven rent amounts, if it approves the proposal. Otherwise, he said, it’s equivalent to taking someone’s property away.

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