Time to Prepare for a New Evictions Landscape
Traditional evictions haven’t been a part of multifamily property management since early March 2020. However, barring another extension of the federal eviction moratorium, which concludes Oct. 3, evictions will become a reality for operators once again following a 20-month hiatus.
Now is the time for property management companies to position themselves for eviction management and success. Due to the anticipated eviction volume, the focus should be on efficient, effective revenue recovery.
Unfortunately, the standard eviction methods deployed pre-pandemic will only prolong the recovery process for operators. After struggling nearly two years under the uncertainty of a continually moving moratorium deadline, a renewed priority will be placed on rapid debt recovery and the righting of the ship at the property level. Eviction management – often an afterthought at the property level – will be at the forefront of those efforts.
A reactionary approach to evictions will no longer suffice, but the burden will be too great to place on property teams alone. Operators will require a comprehensive, software-based case management system to streamline case processing. Property management companies need a partner that helps to establish a proactive approach, ensure that paperwork is ready, complete, organized, and compliant throughout every step of the eviction process.
Operators also need to be empowered to track their eviction filings through every legal checkpoint. In terms of oversight, eviction proceedings have historically been a black hole, with limited monitoring capabilities afforded to property managers. Modern eviction solutions are changing that dynamic. By providing a network of best-of-class attorneys and managing correspondence with attorneys and the court, visibility into case status is significantly improved.
As multifamily emerges from the shadow of eviction moratoriums, it will be imperative to adopt a new methodology for revenue recovery. The landscape has changed dramatically for the industry, and those operators who adapt and deploy the tools necessary to hit the ground running will be best poised to put the pandemic-era restrictions behind them.
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Resident Interface sat down with some of our Legal Council Partners to gain an understanding of where eviction filings may be slowed down. Their responses were eye-opening.
When asked, “What percentage of property managers that you work with serve the notices to quit on the earliest date allowable under the lease?”
“Close to zero.”
– K.E., Florida
“The clients that don’t have a calendaring system, and are awfully forgiving such as ‘OK, I’ll wait another day. I’ll wait another day, I’ll wait another day,’ they always have a higher delinquency rate and a lower collection outlook.”
– J.O., Georgia
When pressed further about how timely case filings are sent after the notice grace period ends, they responded:
“Rare that I get a case right after the notice grace period has expired. Sometimes they wait to the 20th-27th of the month, or even until the second-month delinquency occurs.”
– K.E. Florida
“There’s a wide variety in the percentages there’s not a lot of them that stick to the letter of their policy. A lot of operators say if you don’t pay by the 17th we’re going to file. They are sending 30-day notices that expire on the 7th of the month and we don’t get a case in our queue until the 15th or 16th. Some of them send a 30-day notice in May and then send a follow-up last chance letter in June, that goes out on the 6th and says you know you’ve got until the 11th this month to pay, which technically just gave the resident 41 days instead of 30 days. There’s quite a variety of approaches and you know it really is all over the map.”
– C. L., The Carolinas
CONFERENCES & EVENTS
Conferences are back! And we are excited! Here are the upcoming events you can connect with the Resident Interface team
- NMHC Fall Meeting | Sept. 22-24, 2021 | Tracy Simonton Legg
- PMExpo | October 7, 2021 | James Neely & Matt Barbieri
- Florida Apartment Association | October 13-17, 2021 | Mark Stephens & Kathy Karamitsos
- MRI Ascend Cleveland 2021 | October 17-20, 2021 | Tracy Simonton Legg
- NARPM Conference | October 26-29, 2021 | Mark Stephens
- NAA Assembly of Delegates Meeting | November 2-4, 2021 | Tracy Simonton Legg
- NMHC OPTECH | November 8-10, 2021 | James Neely, Tracy Simonton Legg, Mark Stephens, Vicky Herron
- PM Nation | November 15-16, 2021 | TBD
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