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Saving for a home deposit can be a tricky prospect, involving self-discipline, long-term goal setting, and sacrificing those little luxuries like eating out, going to live gigs, or indulging in weekend getaways. New research by Westpac into the financial trends of Australian renters during COVID-19 shows that government-enforced lockdowns, coupled with the closure of many businesses…


As the economy continues to wobble due to the coronavirus pandemic, while policy proposals diverge on how to prop it back up, July could be a watershed month for U.S. renters and their landlords. A key government stimulus is to lapse later this month, while the merits of emergency rent payment programs and new eviction…


Some owners of residential and business properties are facing difficulties due to the impact of the coronavirus on the economy. Homeowners may have lost their jobs, been furloughed, or had their income slashed and owners of commercial properties may have tenants that were ordered to be closed or suffered a loss of income and are…


DES MOINES — An Iowa City tenant with a severe allergy to pet dander will receive damages of one month’s rent from a landlord who allowed another tenant to have an emotional support dog in a building with a no-pet policy, according to an Iowa Supreme Court ruling Tuesday. In a 4-3 decision, the court…


There are more than 43 million renters in the United States, with over half of those being under the age of 30, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC). Millennials, along with older members of Generation Z, are choosing to rent instead of buying condos or houses for a number of reasons, including affordability,…


Jurdon Gold had been a renter almost his entire life. Born Oakland, Gold, like many in the Bay Area, had never lived in a house he or his family owned. That changed in 2015 when he and his wife began looking for a new place to live after their wedding. Originally planning to rent, the…


Now, as many states have begun the process of softening quarantine restrictions, the search term “apartments for rent” in Google is peaking, indicating that our predicted increase in demand has commenced. So, what’s next? First, we strongly suggest reading the Centers for Disease Control’s guidance for shared or congregate housing about how to safely resume operations, as well…


America’s renters are rapidly approaching a cliff. The federal eviction protections put in place in response to massive pandemic-related job losses are set to expire at the end of August and some state and local protections are already expiring, with eviction proceedings resuming in several states. In addition, the temporary CARES Act boost to unemployment…


While Gov. Jay Inslee’s first stay-home order halted construction on both commercial and residential construction, there were exceptions. One of those exceptions? Publicly financed low-income housing. That allowed local affordable housing providers to mostly continue with new projects as planned. It allowed Catholic Charities — in May, amid shutdown orders — to open a new 50-unit…


The long-term ramifications of the COVID-19 crisis on real estate investment will remain murky for the foreseeable future. As our behavior adjusts under shifting circumstances, many of the steps we take may be tentative. One area that has generated a mix of concern and excitement is the rental investment market, which could see competing influences…

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