Thankfully, vaccines are now rolling out across the world, and we are hopeful that things will eventually go back to normal! While we have spent this last year in a sort-of limbo, things are starting to look more positive as more and more people receive the vaccine. While we wait for the vaccine to take its course, it’s crucial to start preparing for what the world will look like in the future. Keep reading for some ideas!
Come Up With Multiple Plans
While we are hopeful that things will return to normal, we don’t want to put all of our eggs in one basket. Come up with multiple plans to account for as many variables as possible. For example, don’t suddenly remove your virtual tour option since there might be people who have not yet received their vaccine or have an aversion to it. The more open you are about your options, the more confident people will be in your leadership and understanding.
Do Your Research and Stay Informed About Laws
Over the past year, many people have been unable to pay their rent, and thanks to the laws implemented, eviction hasn’t been an option nor rent increases. Once the vaccines are widely distributed, it’s certain that these laws and protections will no longer be in place. Do your part to stay informed about the changes and keep your tenants in the loop. If you instantly evict or increase rent, it will show that you were only holding off on it because you legally had to, rather than doing so out of concern for your residents.
Determine How to Safely Reopen Amenities
Once safe to do so, you will want to reopen your community amenities, but it’s important to do so safely. If you are in a state like California, where your gyms and pools have been closed for months, you will likely see a surge in attendance and usage, which could lead to some safety issues. Consider putting in place a reservation system to ensure that you never go beyond maximum occupancy. Continue to sanitize regularly and follow the same safety precautions that have been enforced over the previous months. Remember, a vaccine does not simply make the virus go away.
As we enter a time of hope surrounding the vaccine, it’s essential to start planning. While there is still much uncertainty, now is the time to establish plans for the months ahead. Do you have any questions about how your multi-family community will be affected by the vaccine? Ask away in the comments below.