With lockdowns and social distancing measures keeping people at home, tenants all across the US are having difficulty making their rent payments.

Their requests for rent relief are starting to affect equity investors, according to a new report from Bryan Reid, executive director of MSCI Research, and Niel Harmse, senior associate, Global Real Estate Research. Reid and Harmse analyzed fund- and asset-level data for 107 property funds in the UK, Europe, Australia and North America.

Not surprisingly, the pandemic hit retail and hotel rental incomes the hardest. From December to June, the NOI of retail assets declined by 21.4%, and hotel assets saw a 39.7% drop. NOI growth was flat in the office and residential sectors, while it grew 1.4% for the industrial sector, according to the MSCI Global Quarterly Property Fund Index. 

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Leslie Shaver

Les Shaver has been covering commercial and residential real estate for almost 20 years. His work has appeared in Multifamily Executive, Builder, units, Arlington Magazine in addition to GlobeSt.com and Real Estate Forum.