Rental market bursting at the seams in Greater Baton Rouge area
BATON ROUGE - If you're searching for a rental property, chances are you'll be hunting for a while.
The rental market is saturated. Experts say it is currently at 98%, compared to its usual occupancy rate of 93%.
"This is a tight rental market, it's a good rental market for the property owners not so much for the renters," said Craig Davenport, appraiser for Cook Moore and Associates.
Davenport says demand for rental properties went up when thousands of flood victims were forced to search for temporary housing. Simultaneously, supply went down since dozens of rental units received flood damage.
"It's taken longer to renovate houses, it's taken longer for that federal money to get into the town to help fix up and renovate, said Davenport.
Rates have remained relatively stable, but according to Davenport, the biggest rate changes have been among low income rentals.
"The bigger impact is going to be on the lower income market where houses or properties that used to rent for $300 a month are destroyed," said Davenport.
He predicts the market to stay nearly at capacity for at least 6 months.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
DOTD focused on bridges ahead of potential for ice
Customers race to hardware stores to beat freezing temperatures
LSU gymnastics has third meet affected in three weeks
Corner store partners with nonprofit, providing healthy food options in food desert
Teen troublemaker escapes juvenile detention center for a third time