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A trends report by property management software company Rentec Direct found that rent payments in August of 2020 were down 29% year-over-year and 12% in the last five months, signaling that the expiration of federal aid to offset economic hardship due to the pandemic has a high cost. 

“Our data shows a consistent downward trend in the number of rent payments received by property managers and landlords, dropping more than 12 percent in the last five months alone,” Nathan Miller, president of Rentec Direct, said in a statement. “Many tenants are relying on various temporary regulations that protect them as widespread unemployment and income loss impact the nation, and this means fewer renters are paying their rent.”

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Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith, based in New York, covers the business of law, including the ways law firms compete for clients and talent, cannabis law and marketing innovation. Reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @nycpatrickd

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