A recent study from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies asks, “How Are Landlords Faring During the COVID-19 Pandemic?” In the report, 2,500 landlords shared information about their rental property portfolios, as well as the individual rental properties themselves.
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This working paper, produced as part of the Housing Crisis Research Collaborative, describes the results of a survey of landlords in ten cities across the US, conducted by researchers from the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, and the Housing Initiative at Penn. From February to April 2021, the authors asked rental property owners to assess the financial health of their pre- and post-COVID rental business. They also asked landlords about the tools they have relied on to manage their rental properties during these two time periods.