COVID-19 Information - UPDATED 3/18/2020
Currently available resources include the following:
Latest updates from CDC
Vermont Department of Health Information
Unemployment Benefits – the Department of Labor is fast tracking unemployment benefits for any person who has lost (temporarily or permanently) their job due to COVID-19. For tenants, particularly those in the restaurant and bar industry, who are not able to work, that will provide some economic relief. Details can be found here: https://labor.vermont.gov/
****We understand that the Unemployment system is completely bogged down, please be patient and keep trying****
Small Business Administration – some resources are becoming available for business owners through this program. Like many of these, the details are constantly changing and regulations loosening each day.
VEDA – also has funding that is coming available. https://www.veda.org/
The State is collecting data on the impact to businesses so they can seek relief and federal support for the state. The email address to send information to about the impact to your business is email@example.com. For rental property owners, one ask is to make emergency housing funds available for tenants to request for the payment of April and May’s rent. This short-term rent payment issue is one of the larger impacts to rental property owners.
3/14/2020 - Update
As we all navigate COVID-19, VT Landlord wanted to provide you with some resources and information. The landscape is quickly evolving with this issue and we will do our very best to keep you informed of issues that can or will impact your rental properties.
You can find Governor Scott's Executive Order
made on 3/13/2020 by clicking the link.
For general information, the following information posters can be placed in Common Areas and office spaces:Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet Conronavirus Symptoms Poster
More general information can be found at the CDC Website
and the Vermont Department of Health
The Vermont Department of Labor
has information for employers and workers related to unemployment benefits. From their newsletter this morning:
Business Impact and SBA Loans
ACCD is asking any Vermont business impacted by the response to COVID-19 virus to share these impacts with the Agency through a dedicated email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act recently passed by Congress expanded the Small Business Act’s definition of a disaster to include Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the SBA will be able to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) under a Governor’s Certification Disaster Declaration. In order for SBA to consider an EIDL declaration, the Governor must demonstrate that at least five small businesses in a disaster area have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the disaster.
The Agency is working to identify businesses that meet the Small Business Administration’s threshold for SBA disaster loan assistance. Businesses are asked to complete an assessment form (available on the ACCD website at https://accd.vermont.gov/content/sba-worksheet) and return it to email@example.com as soon as possible to help us advocate for eligibility. Our goal is to gain information in each of the 14 counties across the state. We are looking for data on impacts in the following areas:
- Economic Injury
- Supply Chain
- Workforce (Including that caused by lack of childcare)
- Business Travel
- Visitor Travel and Tourism Activities
- Remote Work Capabilities
The Agency has also established a hotline so that businesses may call to report impacts and be directed to resources: (802) 461-5143. The hotline will be staffed Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
A few recommendations for housing providers to consider:
- If a tenant is officially quarantined or self-isolating - please respect their request to not show their rental unit during this time.
- Treat any information relayed from tenants as confidential - it is a medical issue and should not be disclosed to other residents.
- If you have common areas in your building, it is recommended to increase cleaning and sanitizing of commonly touched surfaces such as door knobs, counters, light switches, etc.
- Do you have processes for your tenants to pay their rent electronically? It is relatively simple to set up ACH payments with your tenants. Your banking institution will have more information. There are also online payment platforms such as Venmo, Paypal, RentTrack, and others can can be utilized for payments.
As a general reminder:Stay home if ill
- If you or a family member is sick, stay home.
- Symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to the flu – fever, body ache, coughing – and with either virus you are likely to get well if you get plenty of bed rest and drink lots of fluids.
- Avoid medical settings in general unless necessary. Healthcare facilities are at capacity. If you are ill in any way, call your doctor’s office first before going in.
- Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
- Consider home preparedness ahead of time, stocking up on extra groceries, medicines and other supplies that you may need if you have to be home for an extended period.
- Be ready to help one another. Talk to your neighbors by phone and deliver food or other necessities to the doorstep for people who need to stay home.
Personal care and sanitation
- Avoid going places where other people are gathered; many public events are cancelled.
- Avoid physical contact with others, such as handshaking. Stay 6 feet away from others.
- Conduct your daily business as much as possible by phone, email or websites, or try to postpone non-essential personal errands.
- Even if you are not ill, avoid visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities or nursing homes to the extent possible.
- Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are at higher risk for coronavirus.
- Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.
- Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, using warm water and plenty of soap.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes and nose with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes, using a tissue or your forearm, not your hands.
- If soap and water are not available for hand washing, use hand sanitizer.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (like doorknobs and light switches). Regular household cleaners are effective.
VT Landlord has a Forum
on the website in the Member section. This is a good resource for Association members to stay connected and share information.