The pandemic has caused many people to get behind on their rent, but luckily, one landlord has come up with the perfect way for tenants to repay their debts...
We've all had landlord issues in the past.
via: GettyWhether it's about paying rent late or dealing with maintenance issues, landlords can sometimes be hard work.
Even though there are many kind-hearted and patient landlords out there...
via: ShutterstockThere is a handful who just couldn't care less about the wellbeing of their tenants.
Because all they care about...Is getting their monthly rent payments on time!
And there's nothing worse than a landlord who only cares about the money...Because more than often, this results in a very miserable living situation.
This has been especially the case during the global pandemic...
via: ShutterstockAs a lot of tenants have been struggling with payments.
Although one landlord is feeling the Christmas spirit this year and urging all her tenants who can't afford to pay their rent to embrace it too...The landlord of the Contemporary Housing Alternatives of Florida has watched as tenants have been hit by the effects of the pandemic.
About twenty percent of its tenants are late on their rent due to losing work.
via: GettyMany of them worked in hospitality, which has been one of the worst-hit industries.
Concerned that rent was piling up for their tenants...
via: GettyThe nonprofit decided to help them get clear of their debt with their new initiative. After learning more, reactions came pouring in...
They introduced a “Back on Track" program...
via: GettyThat forgives $100 of overdue rent every hour each tenant spends volunteering for local charities.
This obviously only applies to those who have lost income because of the pandemic.
via: Getty“To be honest, it’s probably money we wouldn’t get anyway, but it gives them some pride and a feeling they’re doing something," said Joseph Lettelleir, the nonprofit’s president and CEO. “Bottom line, they’re good tenants, and we’d like to keep them."
Holly Butler, the group’s director of property management, came up with the amazing idea...“I thought it might be a kookie idea, but I pitched it," she said.
Over 2 dozen residents have already participated in the program...
via: GettyVolunteering at food banks, cleaning up a trailer park, and removing trash along the shorelines with Tampa Bay Watch.
Volunteers even collected more than four-hundred pounds of trash from surrounding neighborhoods!
via: GettyAt Hope Villages of America, volunteers sorted, packed, and labeled food for a food pantry.
Chief Operating Officer Melinda Perry said the program was an excellent way to help others while also helping their tenants.
via: Getty“We’ve had almost 20 residents volunteer at our food distribution center, and they provided nearly 150 volunteer hours processing food donations and assisting with food distribution," Perry said. “Their efforts meant that we could meet individuals’ and families’ needs for nutritious food."
Contemporary Housing was established in 1992 and currently runs fourteen properties.
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The nonprofit also has housing for families who barely make sixty percent of the average area income.
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When the pandemic broke out earlier this year, they told tenants to let their landlords know if they were having difficulty.
via: GettyAnd back in April, it gave everyone who paid their rent on time a twenty-five dollar grocery store gift card to show their appreciation during this difficult time.
The nonprofit has agreed to payment plans this year, giving tenants more time to pay.
via: ShutterstockIt also helped them connect with rent-assistance programs, including Pinellas CARES and 211 Tampa Bay Cares. Both programs help those struggling, although they have now closed applications.
Contemporary Housing’s rent revenue is now down about $300,000 this year, said Lettelleir.
via: shutterstockThe downturn has made eviction a constant worry for millions of Americans across the country, and the non-profit is doing everything they can to prevent this from happening.
There are hopes that other landlords of affordable housing will adapt as they have and use their program to help other tenants in the same situation...
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