What Are Landlords and Tenants Supposed to Do About Rent?

In the last 30 days, coronavirus has been responsible for changing the economy and rental market across the United States because most people who were renting before coronavirus, and working steadily, are now laid off and may be unable to pay their rents.

This is a problem that every city in the United States is facing right now, especially in cities like Las Vegas that rely heavily on the tourism industry.

Even though landlords and tenants may face difficult times ahead, some solutions can be utilized to help them make it through the coming months.

We’re All in This Together

During a recent interview, HUD Chairman Dr. Ben Carson said that both landlords and tenants are going to have to work together to make it through the coming months as coronavirus has affected everyone in some way.

What does this mean? Tenants should contact their landlords immediately if they are unable to pay their rent and work out a payment plan so that they can pay the landlord some money now, while deferring the remaining balance on their rent over 12 months.

Every Situation Will Be Different

Every tenant’s situation is going to be unique following coronavirus, there may be some tenants who will be able to go back to work next month while others may not be able to work for another 6 months.

Landlords should be willing to work with their tenants to come up with the best solution for them that will help them to make it through the coming months.

What Should Owners Do with No Revenue Coming In?

Owners should contact their lenders immediately if they are unable to pay their April mortgage to see if they qualify for a forbearance, or they should pursue one of the other ways to build cash reserves that we mentioned in our previous blog post.

Many people are projecting that Coronavirus could last until June so every owner must take action now and be willing to work with their tenants while they focus on building cash reserves so they can survive the coming months.

Rental Market Projections for The Next 60-90 Days

At GoldenWest Management we project that 20% to 30% of tenants will not be able to pay all or a portion of their rent while there may be tenants who are unable to pay rent and will want to turn in their keys to their landlords.

April and May are going to be tough months for owners and tenants for sure, we hope that coronavirus will be gone by June and the economy will be back on track but that may not be the case if the virus lasts into the summer months.

We encourage both owners and tenants to stay on top of what’s happening by following our blog and other trustworthy news sources like local city news or information from organizations like the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For questions about what’s happening in the rental market, or to speak with us about our property management services, contact us today by calling (866) 545-5303 or connect with us online.