Coronavirus: “If you can’t get a job, move out” | Dayton landlord faces backlash for leaked draft of letter

Dayton — During the Coronavirus pandemic, an online note expressing to tenants they must pay their rent or face eviction would not go over well with anyone.

But Gary Whitaker, landlord for Whitaker Properties, says a message causing uproar on social media was sent by computer hackers who accessed a draft on his computer.

Whitaker admits to writing the drafted letter in a Youtube video,  saying portions could have been expressed with more sensitivity.

Part of the letter read, “We are not giving any discounts or help. It is up to you to find a new job if you are effected by layoffs. If you do not feel you can get a job, then we suggest you move out.”

Whitaker had sent the letter to his partners for approval before he intended on sending out to their tenants. He claims a text sent out to those living at the property was the work of hackers.

That being said, landlords are currently within their right to send out eviction notices, though no proceedings would occur due to courts being closed.

Mayor Nan Whaley said of evictions during this time, “If you can pay rent, please pay rent, continue to do so because you will be evicted when this crisis is over.”