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Landlords Squeezed Between Missed Rent and Overdue Mortgages

  • Tenants who lost jobs will struggle to pay for apartments
  • Property owners try to figure out how to pay mortgages

Photographer: Craig Warga/Bloomberg

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Chuck Sheldon, a landlord and property manager in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has owned apartments for more than half a century. These days, he can barely keep up with all the moving pieces.

He’s talking with owners of roughly 1,700 units he manages, who are worried what’s going to happen if rent checks stop coming in. He’s talking with tenants, about half of whom he assumes will be delinquent this month because they lost jobs or choose not to pay. And he’s in discussions with banks, trying to figure out how he’ll make mortgage payments on the properties he owns during a rapidly worsening global health crisis.