How Mom and Pop Landlords Are Struggling Under The Eviction Ban

In the wake of recent pandemic responses, mom and pop landlords—owners of fewer than 10 properties—are struggling financially. They supply about half the country’ housing stock and are more likely to have tenants with lower incomes who fell behind on their rent during the pandemic. Most of these landlords haven’t received federal rental aid that was intended to keep them afloat during the eviction moratorium, and some say they may never recover the money they’ve lost. “The majority of rental housing in most major cities is provided by individuals,” said Dean Hunter, CEO of the Small Multifamily Owners Association. “The problem is in this case the government regulated individuals as if they are multinational organizations.”

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