Missoula renters, landlords squeezed by COVID-19

In Missoula, Montana, as in every rental market right now, tenants are struggling to pay bills and feed their families with a lot less income. Many landlords are sympathetic but are in a bind as well. Amy Hall, an attorney with the Montana Legal Services Association, urges tenants to communicate with their landlords to try to work out an agreement.

News Story (Montana)

Patrick Reilly
Missoulian (MT)
March 25, 2020
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Tags: CoronaVirus, COVID-19, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA)


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In Missoula, Montana, as in every rental market, tenants like Bree Soper are faced with hard decisions. Soper is currently working from home, supporting her family by teleworking. Despite all the uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing, she’s determined to make the $780 rent payment she owes on April 1. “In my future, I don’t want them to say, ‘She didn’t pay rent, she’s a horrible renter. But I’m scared when I do pay rent, I’ll be in a puddle of what bills to pay next.”  Landlords are in a bind as well. Amy Hall, an attorney with the Montana Legal Services Association, urges tenants to communicate with their landlords to try to work out an agreement.  “Of course landlords have the right to collect rent,” she added, “but tenants also have the right to some compassion in this situation, which is unprecedented.”