Columbus Property Owner Applauds Temporary Halt on Evictions

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REIProperties Columbus welcomes new moratorium that protects eligible renters from eviction through the end of the year

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The good news is that there is a lot of public assistance out there. We are actually helping our tenants find that support and leading them through the process to secure it.

Citing a public health measure, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued an order that halts evictions through the end of the year. The action is aimed at decreasing the number of people who are forced to move, sometimes from state to state and/or into shared living situations like shelters. The CDC contends that both scenarios could increase the spread of COVID-19.

“This is a good start,” said REIProperties Columbus Founder Jeff Ihlenfield. “And while it is only a temporary fix, it will certainly be welcomed by the hundreds of thousands of renters across the country who can’t pay their rent due in large part to the pandemic.”

Ihlenfield, a Central Ohio residential property owner for more than 15 years, has never seen a housing crisis like this in all the years he has been renting Section 8 housing. He too believes that the mounting eviction crisis is a public health crisis.

“The good news is that there is a lot of public assistance out there," Ihlenfield added. “We are actually helping our tenants find that support and leading them through the process to secure it.”

In fact, renters must have made an effort to get government assistance to cover their rent in order to be eligible to invoke the right to stay put. That’s just one of a number of requirements people must meet to be protected by the eviction moratorium. The full list can be seen here.

Ihlenfield and his team are planning to work with as many as 40 of his tenants who are presently unable to pay their rent due to the coronavirus. REIProperties Columbus will be directing their tenants to the Community Hope Fund, which serves Columbus and Franklin County, and guiding them through the entire application process. “This is a win-win,” Ihlenfield explained, “Our tenants get the help they need and we can then make ends meet.”

About REIProperties Columbus
Since 2005, REIProperties Columbus, founded by Jeff Ihlenfield, has been committed to providing housing for low income individuals and families. We specialize in Section 8 housing and have a broad portfolio of single-family properties that are safe, modern and comfortable. Our goal is to provide our tenants with the best property that they have ever rented. For more information visit http://www. REIPropertiesColumbus.com.

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