Ilhan Omar Wants to Take Your Rental Properties

Ilhan Omar Wants to Take Your Rental Properties

Ilhan Omar Wants to Take Your Rental Properties

Rep. Ilhan Omar is bringing back her “Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act” from 2020’s Grooveyard of Forgotten Hits. She reintroduced the bill with more than 20 sponsors, which included the usual suspects, like leftist reps Ayanna Pressley, Pramila Jayapal, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Under this bill, rent and mortgage payments would be cancelled until April, 2022. What’s more, debt would not accumulate, and credit ratings would not go south. It’s all because of the pandemic, she said.

“To avoid an even larger crisis, we must cancel rent and mortgage payments during this pandemic. This isn’t a radical idea. It’s what is needed to prevent an even bigger crisis.”

But hold on — aren’t Covid cases dropping rapidly? And aren’t people going back to work? So why now?

According to Pramila Jayapal, it’s because housing is a “human right.”

“We must cancel rent and mortgage payments during this crisis because housing is a human right — during a pandemic and always.”

No, no it’s not. The “right to housing” is nowhere in the Constitution, in fact. But it sounds warm and fuzzy to their constituents, so the socialists know it’ll get them votes.

So who’s going to pay for this monstrosity, especially after the $1.9 trillion dollar relief bill passed the Senate last week? I have no clue. But here’s a link to the bill, so let me know if you find where Ilhan Omar names the source of the funding.

What’s more, the bill doesn’t say how the end of the pandemic will be determined, and by whom. Maybe Dr. Fauci? The Pandemic Porn governors of blue states? Or perhaps the Coronabros in the Biden administration.

But you know that ignoramuses who have no idea how rent works think this is the Best Idea Ever.

They probably think that landlords are all wealthy fat cats who drive luxury vehicles, live in mansions, and suck the lifeblood out of poor beleaguered renters every month.

Oh, and they’re white, too.

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The truth is, landlords often operate on a thin margin — as low as 9 cents on the dollar. They’re certainly not the rich Mr. Moneybags character from the Monopoly game. As one landlord from New York City, whose family rents small retail space, said:

“That caricature of the white landlord in the suit who has suitcases of money—in our case, every one of us has a day job.”

In reality, residential landlords are responsible for balancing a lot of money. They may have mortgages on their rental property that they have to pay. And even if they own their properties free and clear, they still have to pay for property taxes, insurance, and repairs. If they hire someone to do maintenance, they pay that person a salary. Plus, they might have property managers who take a percentage of the rents, as well as an accountant who manages their books. Sometimes a landlord might need legal help, too, and you know that attorneys don’t come cheap.

So who will help property owners with all these financial responsibilities if rent is cancelled?

Never fear, Ilhan Omar has an answer for that, too. She says — *drum roll please* — the government will bail them out.  

Well, maybe. In Section 5 of her bill is the “Landlord Relief Fund,” which will be maintained by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. But don’t think that Uncle Sam will just be handing out the Benjamins to landlords. No, first they have to apply, and must also meet “requirements.” These include freezing rent, requiring them to rent to people even with sketchy incomes, and forbidding them to report deadbeats to debt collectors or credit agencies.

They must also provide to anyone interested in their properties the following information:

(i) Name.
(ii) Address of place of residence.
(iii) Date of birth.
(iv) Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number.
(v) Size of their interest in the lessor.
(vi) Type of entity.
(vii) State of incorporation.
(viii) Registered agent.
(ix) Address of any covered rental dwelling units owned by such person.
(x) Occupancy or vacancy status of all covered rental dwelling units owned by such person.
(xi) Current rents charged for all covered rental dwelling units owned by such person.
(xii) Total assets and liabilities.

Can you say, totalitarianism?  

But that’s not all. Under this bill, a landlord may not sell or transfer the property for five years unless they notify the Secretary of HUD, who would approve the sale to an eligible purchaser. That purchaser would be approved according to the whims of HUD, of course.

And just who would be “eligible?” Well, Ilhan Omar has helpfully supplied a list, which includes:

  ” . . .a nonprofit organization, a public housing agency, a cooperative housing association, a community land trust, or a State or unit of local government or an agency thereof. . .”

Takings Clause in the Constitution? What Takings Clause? What Constitution, for that matter?

But you know what this is about, don’t you? It’s a way for Ilhan Omar and her cohort of socialists to eliminate the property rights of landlords, of course. They want to make owning rental property so onerous that the owners will just roll over and sell them to collective, socialist agencies. Because who wants to fight the heavy hand of the federal government?

No, Ilhan Omar is not just trying to provide relief to renters. That’s a convenient cover. She’s using that excuse to confiscate the properties of the kulaks whom she believes have no right to them. As Rush Limbaugh would say, Don’t doubt me. 


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  • Skillyboo says:

    They, the perverts just elected, know this is their one and only chance to turn this country into a communist nightmare. And our Supreme Court does nothing to address all the accusations of fraudulent elections. We’re screwed every which way and are running out of legal options.

    • Scott says:

      Agree Skilly.. President Trumps Nominees are a serious disappointment.. Can someone please explain to me why, before the FICUS stole the election, wasn’t this America hating, traitorous, terrorist supporting, brother F#*king, immigration fraud of a scrunt wasn’t returned to her country of origin?? Preferably by HANO Drop… (high altitude, no opening)

    • GWB says:

      are running“?
      You’re an optimist.

  • GWB says:

    The “right to housing” is nowhere in the Constitution
    Pfft. Who looks in there for ‘rights’? It’s probably in some UN document, and they run the world, don’t they? Don’t we have to answer to them?
    (Would you mind kicking my eyeball back out from under the couch. It fell out when I rolled them so hard.)

    a thin margin — as low as 9 cents on the dollar
    Hah! Try ONE cent on the dollar! IF we were lucky! ‘Cause sometimes the market goes south on ya.

    They may have mortgages on their rental property that they have to pay.
    But we’re gonna cancel mortgages! So, everybody is cool, right?
    (Of course, the bill probably does NOT cancel business mortgages. Which is what most rental properties are classified as.)

    Address of place of residence.
    (iii) Date of birth.
    (iv) Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number

    Da FUQ? Those are ILLEGAL to provide to most entities. They are the guaranteed sources of identity theft, and the gov’t is required to protect them like classified friggin’ intel! The businesses that require them (like a bank where you’re getting a mortgage) are required to protect them in the same way. Just sending a SSN in an unencrypted email to another person at the same agency/institution can land you in jail and with fines. And you want me to give them to prospective renters?!?
    WTH has she been smoking?!

    a nonprofit organization, a public housing agency, a cooperative housing association, a community land trust, or a State or unit of local government or an agency thereof
    IOW, someone who will just give sh*t away to all the poor people. Some portion of whom will ill treat the property and turn it into the worthless crap all the poverty activists complain about now. And it STILL won’t get the homeless off the streets.

    What Constitution, for that matter?
    See my first comment.

    excuse to confiscate the properties of the kulaks
    Yep! And there’s only one proper response to someone who would bring the Soviet Union to America. It doesn’t have to involve a firearm. (Rope is cheaper than ammunition right now, and is green ’cause it’s recyclable.) Interestingly, it’s the same response as given to tyrants (because they are).

    • Scott says:

      Hell, she’s from somalia right?? seems to me they have a special kind of necklace down there that she might be familiar with, and seems appropriate in this situation…

  • mer says:

    “You cannot evict people that don’t pay the rent or mortgage”

    “Don’t forget to pay your property taxes, because property taxes are the Government’s money and you can’t cheat us out of that”

    • Jim says:

      I just read the bill. The only requirement to NOT pay your rent is that you are a renter. There are no other qualification listed. You’d think that financial hardship of some kind would need to be documented. Nope, couldn’t find that anywhere in the bill. It’s simply if you’re a tenant, you don’t have to pay rent. Period. Take a guess at how many people who could pay their rent WON’T pay their rent?

      These people are clueless!

  • MarkInKansas says:

    For those who militantly believe housing is a right, humor them and send them to a mud wattle hut on the banks of a brown African river. I cannot think of a better way to accomodate them.

  • What’ll be interesting is that any property taxes on those properties will be paid for by….the gov’t, if landlords get bailed out due to cancellation of rent? The gov’t will pay the taxes its owed to itself?

    That should work out well. Not that this kind of stupid goes anywhere, it’s just a vehicle for talking points and publicity for the dolts who sign up for it, but we’re supposed to believe Congress as an entity has our best interests in mind, when this is its deliverable, put together behind razor wire and National Guard troops?

  • Citizen Tom says:

    I don’t think the Constitution permits this law, but nine supposedly wise men and women in black robes may think otherwise. The Fifth Amendment includes this clause, “nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

    All the rent control laws, and the public emergency declarations that prevent landlords from evicting people are essentially property seizures. Forcing someone who is “rich” to be generous may be an ego trip for some people, but it is unconstitutional and irresponsible. No one is going to rent anything if the government does not protect their ownership of the rented property. In practice, that means that only big corporate interests, people who can buy politicians, will rent property.

    • GWB says:

      There’s also the bit about states not “impairing the obligation of contracts.” I guess they didn’t think Congress could do that, with all the other limits on them. We know better now….

  • Pete says:

    It is always easier to steal than to build.

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  • Slam1263 says:

    In most places, real estate price are up, and you can sell.

    In others, the poor landlords are screwed.

    Saw this in Portland, during the Crack Days of the late 1980’s, you could buy homes for less than a decent used car.

    The City saw that you would never profit from it, buy requiring very expensive Environmental Testing, to make sure the dwelling was habitable.

  • Jim says:

    The day after something like this passes, I’ll send eviction notices to all my month to month rentals. Then I’ll put the houses up for sale. There’s no way I would subject myself to this kind of risk. A lot of small time landlords will do the same thing.

  • RebeccaH says:

    Henceforth, Rep. Omar will be known as the Thief of Mogadishu.

  • Cameron says:

    Really starting to dislike that diaper headed bitch.

  • CaptDMO says:

    …and more than 20 sponsors.

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  • george says:

    “so the socialists know it’ll get them votes”

    We just saw that votes don’t matter anymore and never will again.

  • Buckyb says:

    “the bill doesn’t say how the end of the pandemic will be determined”

    The answer is it will not end so long as it provides the excuse for gummint over reach like this.

    Where is the police report on the police involved shooting of Ashli Babbitt?

  • Yeah says:

    No product or service can be a “right”. In order to provide such a “right” to someone, you have to either enslave those who produce or provide it, or enslave a 3rd party to pay for it. So I guess Ilhan is pro-slavery.

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