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Findings and Lessons from Two National Surveys of Landlords

The pandemic’s financial consequences have been disproportionately borne by the nation’s renters, who have been more likely to report lost income due to the pandemic. Missed rental payments also have implications for the nation’s landlords, but less is known about how landlords have fared and how they have responded to significant shortfalls in rent collections.

Two recent national surveys—one from the Terner Center and one published by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies—provide valuable information about these owners and their practices. A new paper published today as part of the Housing Crisis Research Collaborative provides a synthesis of the findings from these two surveys and identifies several key implications for policy makers regarding both current and longer-term efforts needed to support renters and stabilize rental markets through times of financial crisis.

Read a summary blog post on the Terner Center website.

And tomorrow, Thursday, September 30th, join a conversation on this and other published and upcoming  research on how policymakers, researchers, community members, and funders can work together to support the stabilization of renters in the U.S. during and beyond the pandemic. Learn more and register here.

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