Squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) made up to $100,000 in rental income during the pandemic while simultaneously co-sponsoring a bill to implement a nationwide cancellation of rents and home mortgage payments.
Fox New Digital reported that Tlaib’s 2021 annual financial disclosures revealed a property in Detroit accumulated between $15,001 and $50,000 in rental income — the same amount from the same property in 2020.
The Detroit News reported last year that Tlaib’s residential property was valued at $100,000 to $250,000.
Michigan Rising Action argued last year that Tlaib’s receipt of rental income is an “insult to every landlord who is unable to collect rent from tenants to make ends meet,” Eric Ventimiglia said, according to The Detroit News.
However, a spokesperson for the representative defended her right to earn rental income on the Detroit property.
“There is no contradiction between advocating for an eviction moratorium and rental relief and having a great relationship with a long-term tenant in a single rental home,” Tlaib spokeswoman Adrienne Salazar said, according to The Detroit News.
“Rep. Tlaib is an unwavering advocate for tenants, has worked to get rental assistance out to landlords to keep people housed, and remains focused on advocating for residents during this pandemic,” she added.
Tlaib joined her fellow representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and other members of the House in the early days of the pandemic to co-sponsor the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act, a bill to institute a nationwide cancellation of rents and home mortgage payments through the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the bill never made it past the Senate floor, which at the time was under the control of a Republican majority.
Tlaib and the others reintroduced the bill in March 2021 to cancel rent for an entire year.
Fox News reported last year that one of the bill’s co-sponsors, Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), also racked up somewhere between $5,000 to $15,000 in rental income from a property in Boston during 2020.
Pressley said when the bill was first introduced that housing is a critical determinant of public health and that no person or family should be forced to choose between putting food on the table and keeping a roof over their head during the global crisis.