ABF Research Professor Anna Reosti’s Report on Covid-19 vs. Affordable Housing Access Covered in the Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune published an article about the findings in ABF Research Professor Anna Reosti’s December report, The Impact of Covid-19 on Small Rental Property Management: Insights From a Chicago Case Study. In the piece, reporter Sarah Freishtat outlined the financial challenges that landlords have faced, and the resultant effects: that a “sizable minority” of landlords have started to consider more rigid policies regarding background checks, rent increases, and additional fees, with some considering leaving the rental market altogether. Professor Reosti and her University of Illinois at Chicago colleague Allison Helmuth said that the percentage of landlords tightening their management practices has only continued to increase, and that more follow-up research will be necessary to see whether an increase in rental assistance access will change the trajectory.

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