As market renters continue to pay, concern grows for others

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The National Council for Multifamily Housing (NMHC) rent payment monitoring revealed that 89.0% of apartment households had paid full or partial rent as of June 13 in its survey of 11.4 million apartment units managed by professionals across the country.

This is an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the share that paid rent until June 13, 2019 and compared to 87.7 percent who had paid as of May 13, 2020. This data encompass a wide variety of rental properties at market rates across the United States, which can vary by size, type and average rental price.

DOUG BIBBY

“Again, it appears that residents of professionally managed apartments have been able to largely pay their rent,” said Doug Bibby, president of the NMHC. “However, there is a growing realization that tenants outside of this universe are experiencing deep hardship as the nation continues to grapple with historic unemployment and economic dislocation.

“In the midst of a pandemic and recession, it is essential that those on the front lines are housed safely. Accordingly, we urge lawmakers to take swift action to create a rent assistance fund and expand unemployment benefits so that we can avoid future eviction issues and not jeopardize the initial recovery. “

In New York, tenant advocates have urged Governor Cuomo to expand the current moratorium on evictions to cover all tenants at least until the end of 2020.

They also urged Cuomo to write off the rent, given that many low-income, jobless tenants lack the capacity to pay rent for the foreseeable future.

During a press call Monday, tenant advocates exposed New York City’s worst evictors and highlighted what they called a growing threat of mass evictions facing black tenants.

In 2019, evictions in New York primarily affected low-income black and brown tenants, according to new eviction mapping and analysis released jointly by the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, JustFix .NYC and Housing Justice. for everyone.

The rollout of the worst evictor list comes amid growing fears that black tenants in communities hardest hit by COVID-19 are particularly at risk of losing their homes when New Zealand’s current eviction moratorium. York expires June 20.

Any tenant who cannot prove loss of income due to COVID-19 will be vulnerable to eviction when housing courts reopen later this month.

In New York, eviction proceedings begin in the housing court and are conducted by marshals.

Current data shows evictions are more likely to occur in neighborhoods with large numbers of black and brown tenants – the same neighborhoods where New Yorkers have been injured and killed by police in recent years.

Landlords on the Worst Evictor List include a number of well-known business owners with large portfolios of rental properties in New York City.

According to the list released today, the ten worst evictors in 2019 were:

1) Ved Parkash; 2) Ron Moelis; 3) Eugène Schneur; 4) Philippe Wischerth; 5) Fine Stone; 6) Jonathan Wiener; 7) Larry Gluck; 8) Steven Finkelstein; 9) Douglas Eisenberg, Donald Hastings and Maggie McCormick (all tied for ninth place); 10) Marc Engel.

A spokesperson for L + M Development Partners in Moelis said: “In 2019, we recorded 72 evictions, not the 151 listed on this list, which is less than half of one percent of our 18,000. apartments under management. In addition, we worked to resolve 61 eviction cases, which allowed these residents to stay in their homes. These regulations require legal process, so they may have been wrongly included on this list for this reason. Given the seriousness of this issue, we felt it was important to correct the record and provide some context. ”

Although evictions have declined so far this year due to the COVID moratorium, they have also generally declined since the city introduced legislation on the right to counsel and the law on housing stability and protection of people. tenants.

In 2018, there were around 21,000 evictions, most of them for non-payment of rent or breaking rules, such as Airbnb-illegally-ing an apartment.

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