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Seattle & Northwest   /   May 22, 2020

Dennis Kaiser
By: Dennis Kaiser

May MF Rent Collections for Oregon, SW Washington Offer Optimism About Future

Entering the second month of the COVID-19 global pandemic, many owners and managers of multifamily properties in the Northwest were anticipating May collections to be worse than April. The results from Kidder Mathews May Rent Collection Survey, reveals apartment properties appear to have done better than projected.

The report’s authors, Kidder Mathews’ multifamily investment team of Jordan Carter, Clay Newton, and Tyler Linn wrote: “The biggest takeaway from this month’s survey was that, so far, May’s collections are showing improvement over what we saw in April. This month, there was a lot more optimism for how the coming months will unfold. Likely a big part of the improvement in numbers and optimism is due to the effects of federal and state stimulus program money being used to pay for essential needs, including paying for a place to live.”

The May survey collected data from owners and managers of 728 properties, totaling nearly 16,000 units across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Responses were taken from May 7 through May 11. Key findings included:

Amazingly, despite 20.5 million more Americans losing their jobs in April, as of May 11, the total percentage of leased units that had not paid rent by that date was only 9.46%, a half percent decrease compared to April’s survey. The combined percentage of vacant units plus unpaid units was 13.65%, only 20 basis points higher than April.

Interestingly, properties located in Portland saw a decrease in uncollected rent down to 5.8%, and Portland suburbs decreased to 7.9% uncollected rent, which represents a 4% to 5% improvement from April. On a more sobering note, unpaid rents for properties outside the Portland-MSA jumped up to 10.2% from 4.04%.

Half of those polled say that by April 30 they had collected between 51-100% of the rent from units that were unpaid as of April 10. It appears April’s final collections ended up far better than the 9.97% that was unpaid as of mid-last month.

May’s survey had 50% of owners/managers feeling confident they would ultimately collect past-due rent from most or all of their tenants. This was a 21% increase from April, when only 29% felt they would collect most or all of the past-due rent. Undoubtedly, this reflects an increasing sense of optimism among many owners/managers.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience.
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