“We Have To Pay Payments”: Rental help packages are designed to assist Tulsa landlords, not simply native information tenants
But remember, said Mogelnicki: For every tenant who cannot pay rent, there is a landlord who cannot collect this rent and has to bear the financial burden.
Tulsa’s largest rental assistance provider, Restore Hope Ministries, has distributed more than $ 3.9 million to local renters since the pandemic began last spring, a 1,300% increase from a 2019 increase in rental assistance of 1,000%.
The payments will help landlords as well as tenants, and some housing providers may not be able to stay in business without Restore Hope and similar programs, said Keri Cooper, executive director of the Tulsa Apartment Association.
“Rent support is absolutely important,” she said. “With eviction moratoriums and the inability to collect rent from people, the financial burden on owners is enormous.”
The problem for a landlord comes when a tenant falls behind in rent but also doesn’t seek financial support, Cooper said.
“This second round of rental support will try to resolve some of those issues,” she said. “The owners shouldn’t be stranded. You should be able to request relief directly. “
Federal moratoriums, which have been imposed in various forms since March 2020, are making it difficult, if not impossible, to evict tenants who declare they have been financially affected by the pandemic.