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Times of Crisis: Health, Safety, Housing, and Real Estate Resources

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 31 March 2020 23:54

Just yesterday landlords and property managers biggest concerns were nothing compared to the weight our world is facing today. 

On top of the routine property management tasks, a landlord's new paradigm adds the heavy burden of balancing renter housing concerns, personal and investment stability, and health and safety for all parties. 

All of these challenges are being managed remotely, walking day by day into uncharted territory. It can be overwhelming indeed. Having information at your fingertips may help navigate those troubled waters and provide some guidance along the way. 

Whether it be a national emergency, a natural disaster, or a global crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, the best course of action is to lean on the experts and agencies built to help in times of uncertainty. Below you will find recommended websites curated for the landlord or property manager for quick reference, insights, and resources. 

Health and Safety Websites

These health and safety links are direct to the homepage of the most important and useful sites for handling emergencies. Each dedicated to providing the most reliable directives and information that landlords need at the ready. 

It is recommended to have these sites handy and rely on the information provided on these sites when creating and executing your disaster preparedness plan

  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS): dhs.gov
  • Health and Human Services (HHS): hhs.gov
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): osha.gov
  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): cdc.gov
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): fema.gov
  • United States Official Guide to Government Information and Services: usa.gov
  • US Department of Labor (DOL): dol.gov
  • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): epa.gov
  • World Health Organization (WHO): who.int

Housing Industry Departments and Associations

You don’t have to have a huge portfolio of rentals to take advantage of the information these housing industry departments and associations provide. Even a private landlord with one rental can glean insights and useful information. 

  • Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA): fhfa.gov
  • Housing and Urban Development (HUD): hud.gov
  • Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM): irem.org
  • National Apartment Association (NAA): naahq.org
  • National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM): narpm.org
    National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC): nmhc.org

Rental and Real Estate Information and Resources

Realty Times is a wonderful source of information for the real estate industry. In addition to this site, here are a few more trustworthy blogs of significance for current information and relevant advice for landlords, property managers, and investors: 

 

Most of the above links not only provide information to help guide a landlord through situations of great concern but also offer information for the day-to-day operations of the rental industry at large. 

When trying to find balance in the day-to-day responsibilities of landlording while working remotely through a crisis, it’s good to have resources at your fingertips. That information not only helps landlords feel connected to others in the same situation but may help boost confidence that any situation is a challenge that can be met and overcome. 

No landlord is alone in this quest for the safe keeping of their investment and the care for their tenants. From disaster to crisis to upcoming trends, vigilance and knowledge are vital for helping landlords through difficult times. 

 

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Heather Peake

Heather, a writer in the rental and property management industry, applied her skills as an onsite property manager and landlord for many years before lending her talents to Rentec Direct. She now focuses on sharing her research and insider insights with landlords and property managers in the trenches. To learn more about Heather and find valuable property management tips visit www.rentecdirect.com

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