In most states in America, eviction moratoriums have been imposed, lasting from a few weeks to three or four months or longer. Here in Massachusetts, the statewide eviction moratorium lasts four months plus 45 days after the COVID-19 emergency order … Read More “Small Property Owners News”
Unfortunately, we landlords have been put in a difficult position, required to maintain our housing for our tenants but without income in many cases. Other businesses are forced to shut down, stopping their income but free to seek other income. … Read More “Small Landlords and Coronavirus”
In this very serious coronavirus crisis, we expect renter households to pay what rent they can afford. Those still working can likely pay their full rent. Others working part-time or receiving government benefits may be able to pay partial rent. … Read More “Landlords & tenants: Best responses to the coronavirus”
As landlords, we must realistically and compassionately accept partial or zero rent from needy households who have lost jobs due to the coronavirus crisis. At the same time, we must do as much as possible to get rent paid, in … Read More “How to deal with nonpayment (partial or full)”
- Reduce repairs as much as possible. Patch, don’t replace.
- Take precautions when you enter an apartment to do repairs. See below for precautions during the coronavirus crisis and possible long after it.
- Do as many repairs yourself, if you can.
- Only do emergency or urgent repairs
- Ask or tell tenants to plan to be out of their apartment for two or three hours, until the repair is completed. Suggest they can stay in their, take a walk, or stay with
To “open up” the rental housing market, besides restoring eviction procedures for those not paying what they can afford to pay, we also need to make sure that new tenants moving into an apartment can do so safely, ensuring they … Read More “How to disinfect an apartment prior to a move-in”