Some parts of the country are experiencing worse cases than others. Michigan jumped 15 points from August and now holds the record for the highest rate of businesses unable to make rent in September (43 percent).
Next came Texas at 39 percent (up 7 percentage points), New Jersey at 38 percent (up 14 percentage points), Georgia at 38 percent (up 6 percentage points), California at 37 percent (up 5 percentage points), Florida at 33 percent (up 4 percentage points), Virginia at 32 percent (up 1 percentage points) and Colorado at 29 percent (up 3 percentage points).
Eighty percent of respondents said they’ve received no help from landlords. Still, the business owners had many suggestions for ways landlords can help.
The No. 1 way was through rent assistance (48 percent). Meanwhile, 28 percent said they’d like to renegotiate their leases, 12 percent said they wanted landlords to create safety protocols, and another 12 percent said ramping up promotions to drive traffic would be helpful. Only 20 percent of landlords are already trying to help tenants with rent fixes and other measures to help with recovery.