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    Tlaib defends Detroit rental income amid conservative attacks

    U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, an outspoken defender of tenants rights, is defending rental income she’s received as a landlord.

    Conservatives are criticizing the Detroit Democrat for sponsoring legislation that would cancel rents while receiving $15,000 to $50,000 in rent during 2020.

    The rent was for a residential property in Detroit valued at $100,000 to $250,000, according to a financial disclosure report posted this week.

    Tlaib has strongly pushed for a national eviction moratorium during the pandemic and supports legislation to cancel rent and home mortgage payments for the duration of the public health crisis. That bill would set up a relief fund for landlords and mortgage companies to cover losses from the cancelled payments.

    “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.

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