Despite the enduring struggles of malls, further bankruptcies by large chains and other challenges to brick-and-mortar retail, industry leaders say the path to stability is becoming clearer. That’s especially true for properties that were fundamentally stronger before the pandemic, which are now drawing the attention of tenants in search of space.
With some office workers returning to work in New Jersey, landlords have taken steps to keep them safe and healthy in their buildings. Those steps involve not only physical upgrades and new on-site technology, but the use of apps and digital platforms aimed at keeping employees informed, engaged and connected.
A bill that would provide $350 million in rental assistance to apartment landlords and tenants has moved ahead in the state Senate, drawing support from the multifamily industry.
The New Jersey Apartment Association has called for rental assistance since the earliest days of the pandemic, as it continues to defend against other legislative proposals that it says would have severe unintended consequences. In part two of his two-part column, NJAA Executive Director David Brogan discusses the ongoing need for assistance and the complexity of disbursing it even after it has been approved. He also highlights the potentially devastating effects to both apartment owners and single-family homeowners if lawmakers take actions that further curtail rent revenue.
It will soon be a year since the start of New Jersey’s COVID-19 outbreak, one that has rippled through the state’s apartment industry and left landlords with unease and uncertainty. In part one of a two-part column, New Jersey Apartment Association Executive Director David Brogan answers some of the biggest questions still facing the multifamily sector, including how owners of all sizes are dealing with nonpayment of rent and the ongoing eviction moratorium, along with the prospect of state and federal rental assistance.
As pandemic continues, landlords and brokers have turned to virtual open houses and other tools to showcase their newly upgraded office buildings in New Jersey.
The New Jersey Apartment Association is raising new concerns about a bill that would create long-term repayment plans for renters impacted by the pandemic, following Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest show of support for the measure during his recent State of the State address.
A growing number of New York City-based firms have considered short-term office space in the suburbs, in an effort to reduce density, keep employees closer to home and reduce their reliance on mass transit. The movement has provided landlords and brokers with a chance to showcase New Jersey’s growing stock of revamped and rejuvenated office buildings.
Like other landlords, Alfred Sanzari Enterprises has spent months with its buildings mostly empty as businesses cope with the effects of the pandemic. But the family-owned firm has weathered the crisis and helped its tenants do the same thanks to its own financial strength and ability to act quickly, which stem from a patient, low-leverage approach that goes back 75 years.