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How Eviction Moratoriums Are Hurting Small Landlords

In 2016, nearly half of all renter households were spending at least 30% of their incomes on rent, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. Now, with more than 20 million people still out of work, the proportion of people struggling to pay each month is almost certainly higher—especially among lower-income earners, who have disproportionately been affected by recent layoffs.

The New York Times

Tenants Largely Stay Current on Rent, for Now

Despite a 14.7 percent unemployment rate and millions of new jobless claims each week, rent collections at many buildings are only slightly below where they were last year, when the economy was booming.

The Nation

It’s Time to Cancel the Rent

A recent report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies warned that at least 10 million people in the United States spend over 50 percent of their income on rent.

The Wall Street Journal

Economy Could Spoil Home-Improvement Party

Home-improvement expenditures are expected to decline in most of America’s largest metropolitan areas this year in response to the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to projections published April 30 by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

The Washington Post

Security deposits can be a high-cost hurdle to affordable housing

“Many of the households with earners in at-risk industries were already struggling with housing affordability,” says Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, research associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies, “and the pandemic has only made the situation worse.”