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Multifamily Housing Trend: Embracing Credit Reporting for Renter Empowerment

Author: Kasee Godwin
Date: 12.06.2023

Multifamily Housing Trend: Embracing Credit Reporting for Renters

Earlier this year, we were thrilled to announce our partnership with Tackle to introduce credit reporting for renters on the Qira platform. This development was not just a milestone for us but a reflection of an emerging trend in the multifamily housing industry: empowering renters through financial tools and innovations.

The Industry Shift Towards Financial Empowerment

The multifamily housing sector is undergoing a significant transformation. Traditionally, the industry has focused on property management and resident amenities. However, there’s a growing recognition of the importance of financial empowerment for renters. Innovative companies are now integrating services that extend beyond the traditional scope, focusing on enhancing the financial well-being of their residents.

The Role of Credit Reporting in Renter Empowerment

One of the critical aspects of the current trend in the multifamily housing industry is the incorporation of credit reporting for rental payments. This initiative is gaining traction due to its potential to impact renters’ financial empowerment significantly. Historically, regular rent payments, often a renter’s most significant monthly expense, did not contribute to their credit scores. This omission overlooked a vital aspect of financial responsibility, leaving a gap in the credit reporting system.

However, the industry is now recognizing and rectifying this oversight. A recent Fannie Mae poll underscores the demand for this change, revealing that over 80% of renters want their on-time rent payments included in their credit scores. This change is not merely about numbers on a report; it reflects a renter’s ability to access vital financial and economic opportunities, such as mortgages, car loans, credit cards, and student loans​​.

Renters are increasingly aware of the importance of credit scores, with 87% of respondents in the Fannie Mae survey acknowledging the significance of a good credit score. Furthermore, 82% of renters who consistently pay their rent on time expect that including this payment history in their credit reports would immediately enhance their scores. This expectation is not unfounded, as nearly 58% of participants in a credit reporting pilot program saw an increase in their credit scores, with some experiencing an average increase of up to 40 points. 

Additionally, 79% of respondents recognize that a higher credit score can unlock more significant financial opportunities, and 78% believe that including rent payment history would lead to more consistent credit scores​​.

Benefits to Property Managers

Offering credit reporting services presents numerous benefits to property managers in the multifamily housing industry. Firstly, it enhances the attractiveness of their properties to prospective residents who value financial empowerment and recognition for their consistent rent payments. This feature can differentiate a property in a competitive market, attracting a more financially responsible renter base. Furthermore, residents who are aware that their rent payments positively impact their credit scores are more likely to prioritize timely payments, resulting in reduced delinquencies and eviction rates. Ultimately, this leads to increased resident retention and stability, creating a more predictable and financially healthy environment for property management.

Aligning with Broader Industry Trends

Our partnership with Tackle is aligned with a broader industry movement and our primary goal: to increase financial flexibility for renters nationwide. In addition to providing access to rent reporting, we are committed to offering renters multiple ways to settle bulky, upfront security deposit costs. 

Such programs and partnerships underscore a commitment across the industry to create a more inclusive and financially empowering environment for renters.

The Future of Multifamily Housing

Looking ahead, it’s clear that the multifamily housing industry will continue to evolve, with a growing emphasis on financial tools and services that benefit renters and property managers. As more companies recognize the value of renter financial empowerment, we can expect to see continued expansion of services like credit reporting, which benefit individual tenants and contribute to a healthier, more stable rental market.

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Kasee Godwin

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Kasee is the Director of Marketing for Qira. She has nearly 15 years of experience in the real estate marketing industry, including 10 years on the client side. In her spare time, she enjoys reading science fiction, exploring new wineries, and fostering Golden Retrievers.

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