Only 90.35 Percent of Washington Apartment Homes Paid Rent as of May 13, 2020

Posted By: Brett Waller Advocacy News, COVID-19 Resource Center,

 Renton, Washington – Washington Multi-Family Housing Association’s (WMFHA) found 90.35 percent of statewide apartment homes made a full or partial payment by May 13, 2020. The data was collected from the association’s 267,000 professionally managed homes in the state.

 This is a 0.91 percentage point increase from the previous month of data collected. The data encompass a wide variety of market-rate rental properties across Washington state, which can vary by size, type, and average rental price.

 91 percent of the rent a tenant pays goes to mortgage holders, financial institutions, taxes, maintenance costs, payroll for staff, and utilities. Less than 10 percent goes back to the property owner. We urgently need a massive influx of rental assistance to help residents keep up with housing payments, avoid massive debt, and protect Washington’s fragile housing system.

 WMFHA has been collecting local rent payment information from its members since the COVID-19 pandemic proliferated in March 2020. The numbers serve as an indicator of resident financial challenges and will track the recovery as well.

 The survey has become crucial to local policymakers to understand the state of the rental housing industry. It helps to inform any legislation that is produced in city, county, and statewide jurisdictions.

 If you have any questions, please contact

 The rent payment survey is one of many WMFHA-produced resources focused on the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Additional resources and information can be found here:, as well as rental assistance resources here: