Property management in a normal market is a complex industry. There are several complicated moving parts from understanding the current real estate market to staying informed of changing leasing and fair housing laws. Now, take that complex market and add the impact of COVID-19, and property management has become a moving target.
What do you need to know regarding leasing and property management in Austin during the COVID-19 concerns?
Tenants who are having trouble paying rent or other fees due to COVID-19 complications can establish a temporary, flexible payment plan with property owners and landlords. As a Texas REALTOR®, you can access the agreement form by clicking here.
Although tenants have the right to ask for assistance in payments, they cannot refuse access to the property in fear of virus-related consequences. They must follow current agreements for entering the property, and if property owners choose to screen those viewing the home, they must follow fair housing guidelines. However, if the tenant is at a higher risk of developing an illness, they may have different rights. When considering accessing a home with a fearful tenant, property owners and managers should move slowly and carefully with respect for the safety of everyone involved.
Residents struggling with the effects of current health concerns may find themselves well underwater; however, the Texas Supreme Court has suspended all eviction hearings through May 18th, 2020, as well as put other restrictions in place such as prohibiting posting evictions through May 25th, 2020.
An owner and property manager must pay close attention to evolving guidelines in handling tenant nonpayment issues. As health concerns twist and turn current tenant rights and leasing laws, income property owners need to stay up to date on the latest legislation.
If you have questions or concerns regarding property management and rental homes, please do not hesitate to contact Dona Brown with Talk Property Management. Our years of experience make us a reliable resource in Austin. 512-721-1094.