San Francisco businesses owe up to $400 million in rent, but proposed legislation could forgive thousands of them

 San Francisco businesses owe up to $400 million in rent, but proposed legislation could forgive thousands of them
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Today a San Francisco supervisor is introducing legislation that if approved, he says would forgive backed up rent for thousands of businesses that had to close during the pandemic.

“If they were completely shut down they are free from paying that rent,” said San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston.

For the past 12 years Ysa Mohamath has been busy with a clippers in hand. Now, he mostly waits for customers.

“I get like one customer or two customers a day and I still pay the rent full,” said Ysa Mohamath, owner of YSA Barbershop.

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In the back of his mind he has months of backed up rent and utility bills to pay.

“The first time it closed for almost seven months,” said Mohamath. “The first 3 months I still paid full the rent, but after 3 months the landlord gave me a break, a discount. We reopened again and the…

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