IBJ Podcast: The rent is due, and tenants are struggling as unemployment soars

A tenant's rights group marches to the Los Angeles Mayor's mansion to demonstrate for renter's rights. Nearly half of L.A.'s residents have been out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with many having to choose to either buy food or pay rent. (Photo by Ted Soqui/SIPA USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

As the economy swan-dives into a deep recession due to the coronavirus crisis, many of the people who live in apartments or rented homes find themselves in a frightening bind. Unemployment has surged in the working-class sectors, making it difficult for tens of thousands of tenants in Indiana to make their monthly rent payments. According to industry estimates, about 8% to 10% of renters were delinquent on their April rents, both in Indiana and nationwide.

Tenants in Indiana have been shielded from eviction since mid-March thanks to a moratorium issued by Gov. Eric Holcomb. But that doesn’t make their past-due rents go away. Advocates for both low-income residents and for landlords say more must be done to aid renters. Both sides are working their political connections to establish an emergency rental assistance program, that would help tenants cover the rent and keep revenue flowing for apartment owners.

For this week’s edition of The IBJ Podcast, host Mason King interviews Lynne Peterson, president of the Indiana Apartment Association, and Andrew Bradley, policy director for Prosperity Indiana, about the need for assistance and the fix that both tenants and landlords find themselves in.

IBJ’s Samm Quinn has more on the rent crisis in Indiana and the push for rental assistance.

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