COVID-19 Information for you, your residents, tenants, suppliers, vendors and staff.

We Are Strong

Posted By: Denise Hanzlik SDMHA Community , Industry ,

We are a community.  We need each other to get through this.

As of the morning of March 27th, we have 46 confirmed cases in South Dakota. 

Rapid City Council had first reading on ordinance that would close some business for a period of time. Second reading is scheduled for 6pm this Friday (March 27th).

Sioux Falls City Council, approved on March 26th ordinance that restricts certain businesses to 10 or fewer patrons at one time.  This goes into affect immediately.

Vermillion City Council, the first reading: ordinance which will ultimately require many bars, restaurants and gathering places for (up to) 60 days to be closed to the public for dining in - only allowing carryout. This could go into effect on March 30th.

Yankton City Council, first reading: Emergency Ordinance Enacted March 26th through May 1st. Second reading on March 30.

State: Governor Noem declared an emergency in the State of South Dakota on March 13, 2020

Click here to read note from Senator Thune on Coronavirus Relief for Small Businesses

House passes a nearly $2 trillion in relief intended to mitigate the enormous economic effects of COVID-19 (“coronavirus”) on the national economy and bolster the nation’s ability to fight the ongoing public health emergency.

As with any legislation of this size and scope, there are a number of positive and negative elements. The National Apartment Association (NAA) is now focused on ensuring our members can take advantage of the benefits. However, we are also very cognizant of the flaws in this legislation and are gearing up for the next advocacy campaign to address them.

For more information on new regulatory requirements and operational guidance, click here

Statement from the National Apartment Association Concerning COVID-19 and Rent
The following is a statement from National Apartment Association (NAA) President and CEO Robert Pinnegar, CAE released on March 23:
The National Apartment Association and its more than 150 state and local affiliates, encompassing over 82,000 members and representing more than 10 million apartment homes, encourage all residents who are in financial distress to proactively reach out to work with their community managers prior to April 1. Many of our rental housing professionals already have individual plans in place to work with their residents in this unprecedented crisis. There is no “one approach fits all.” The best strategy, and NAA’s recommendation, is for owners, managers and residents to partner together to find the optimal solution. Providing a secure home for all of our residents is our primary goal.

There are many resources on the NAA website:  https://www.naahq.org/news-publications/guidance-dealing-coronavirus


SDMHA is working deligently to keep you informed with changes, including forms, policies, and procedures during this time.  Refer back to this article often.

Our members range from 1 unit to 4,000 plus.  And we can all benefit from each others ideas.  Let's work together!

SD Dept of Health website:  https://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx#Groups

FORMS:

(these are meant as ideas and can be modified to your specific needs)

FUTURE FORMS that we are currently developing or reviewing

  • Waiver of Liability for staff 
  • Resident/Tenant tested positive for Coronavirus Policy and video

POLICIES:

  • Possible response to tenants wanting to break their lease:
     
    Good Afternoon,
     
    We understand that the cancellations and shutdowns in connection with COVID-19 have created new burdens for our residents. Please understand that our company has not escaped without the consequences either. At this time, neither the government nor our lenders have enacted any mortgage payment relief.
     
    As a result, we are unable to change our policy on allowing residents to terminate their leases without further obligation. In the event that circumstances change, we may revisit that decision. Until that time, it is our expectation that our residents will honor their contracts, just as we are being required to honor ours.
     
    If you choose to break your lease before you move out date. You will be required to give us a 30-day notice, pay liquidated damages in the amount of 1 months rent and forfeit your security deposit.
     
    Please do not hesitate to contact us with further questions

Click to read message from the National MultiFamily Housing Council (MNHC): Apartment Industry Committed to Supporting Residents Impacted by COVID-19.  They are recommending the following:  halt evictions for 90 days; avoid rent increases for 90 days; create payment plans; waive late fees; and others.

ONLINE APPLICATIONS AND ELECTRONIC LEASE:

Western Reporting is offering their online application and electronic lease generation service, Quick Lease Pro, to SDMHA members at a reduced activation fee which includes free online personalized training.  

This is a great service, if you do not already have it, during this time of social distancing. For more information, click here.  To get started contact: Linda Barsch, Compliance Officer: Direct Phone: 801-417-0440 or Text to Email: 385-351-4893.

FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR RESIDENTS:

  • Aberdeen
  • Black Hills
  • Brookings
  • Sioux Falls
  • Energy Assistance Program:  Email: lieapapp@state.sd.us  Phone: 800-233-8503 press 0 and then extension 4131

  • Statewide: Encourage your tenants to call the 211 help line or visit their website: https://www.helplinecenter.org/

  • ONE SIOUX FALLS FUND: Minnehaha, Lincoln, McCook and Turner One Sioux Falls is for residents to avoid evictions and financial hardships if they are unable to work due to the COVID-19.  Details and application at: https://www.helplinecenter.org/2-1-1-community-resources/one-fund-sioux-falls-application/

  • State of South Dakota COVID-19 Reemployment Assistance: https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/covid_19_ra_eligibility.aspx.  A claim needs to be filed online at raclaims.sd.gov or by phone at 605.626.3179.

  • Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation has provided a fund to help tenants in need of financial assistance to avoid eviction. https://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx
  • Minnehaha/Lincoln County Human Services: https://www.minnehahacounty.org/dept/hs/hs.php.  EMAIL: humanservices@minnehahacounty.org.  PHONE: 605-367-4217

  • Dept. of Social Services:  www.dss.sd.gov. Economic Assistance PHONE: 367-5444 extension 1000888
  • Tax Deadline: Both the filing and tax payments have now been deferred until July 15, 2020. 

 FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES:

FANNIE MAE & FREDDIE MAC FUNDING

FHFA announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer multifamily owners mortgage forbearance with the condition to suspend all eviction for renters unable to pay rent due to the coronavirus.  For complete details, click on links below:

Fannie: https://www.fanniemae.com/portal/media/corporate-news/2020/renters-covid-19-multifamily-7002.html

Freddie: https://freddiemac.gcs-web.com/news-releases/news-release-details/freddie-mac-announces-nationwide-covid-19-relief-plan-affecting?_ga=2.105296771.14182611.1585086244-1523800057.1585086244