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Last December, the federal government approved billions of dollars in emergency rental assistance. The money would pay back rent for the millions of people who had lost their jobs during the pandemic and would help both renters and landlords.

Nitin Bajaj and his wife, Nimisha Lotia are landlords who said their renters stopped paying rent, citing a citywide eviction ban for people struggling with financial hardship due to the coronavirus. So they were happy to hear about the federal program.

However, the landlords weren't able to apply for the financial aid because they say their renters would not work with them on the necessary paperwork. In fact, they say the renters skipped town, taking the kitchen appliances with them and owing $32,000 in back rent.

Today on the show, should the government figure out a way to allow struggling mom-and-pop landlords to receive financial help when dealing with uncooperative renters?

​​Check out some of Chris Arnold's earlier reporting on the challenges renters are facing during the pandemic:

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