There is a tidal wave of opportunity coming toward savvy RE investors all over the USA.
While many tenants have considered this a god-send what they don't realize is that it is likely to result in evictions and collections issues that may haunt them for years to come. The rent is still accumulating as a liability for them.
When the moratorium is lifted, they will be evicted and the landlord will likely get a judgement award from the court for the bank rent. Some landlords will report the eviction and the debt to credit bureaus which will make it difficult and more costly to rent their next place.
What many haven't considered is the impact of these moratoriums on landlords.
Ordinarily, a landlord pays the mortgage from the rental income on the property. When tenants quit paying rent, the landlord moves covers the mortgage payments from reserves and moves quickly to evict the non-paying tenant and bring in a new, paying, tenant.
The moratorium on evictions dramatically increases the financial drain on the landlord by making them wholly responsible for paying the mortgage without any income from the property. Many landlords have very small reserves. In fact, mom-and-pop landlords often have no reserves and have to use income from their day-job to cover extraordinary costs incurred when a tenant stops paying rent.
The brutal reality is that, absent rental income, many landlords can no longer carry the mortgage and will stop paying. However, the bank still accrues interest and other fees which make it very difficult for the landlord to bring the mortgage current(1) when they finally get a paying tenant.
When the moratorium is lifted, a lot of landlords are going lose their rental properties in foreclosure actions by the bank. Those foreclosed rental properties are going to be a big opportunity for those who have the cash, or credit, to buy them up. The savvy RE investor can capitalize on that opportunity.
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