NMHC: Rent Payment Tracker Shows Households Paying Rent Decreased Slightly YoY in Early May

The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC)’s Rent Payment Tracker found 80.0 percent of apartment households made a full or partial rent payment by May 6 in its survey of 11.7 million units of professionally managed apartment units across the country.

This is a 0.1 percentage point decrease from the share who paid rent through May 6, 2020 and compares to 81.7 percent that had been paid by May 6, 2019. This data encompasses a wide variety of market-rate rental properties across the United States, which can vary by size, type and average rental price.

“This month’s findings are part of what seems to be an increasingly clear pattern of economic recovery and strong demand for multifamily housing,” said Doug Bibby, NMHC President. “With more and more vaccines being administered, job creation on the rise and tens of billions in rental assistance being distributed to residents and housing providers in need, the outlook for the industry is a positive one.
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NMHC Rent Tracker Click on graph for larger image.

This graph from the NMHC Rent Payment Tracker shows the percent of household making full or partial rent payments by the 6th of the month compared to 2019 and to the first COVID year. 

Although payments are down from 2019, rent payments are mostly unchanged from last year.

This is mostly for large, professionally managed properties.  

The second graph shows full month payments through April compared to the same month the prior year.

NMHC Rent Tracker

For April, rent payments were up compared to April 2020, and down compared to April 2021.

CR Note: There are some timing issues month to month.