When anti-vaxxer tenants or landlords collide
Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson: Should it be in the lease requirement?
When tenants prepare themselves to find a new rental, they know that landlords have a number of credentials already on their minds: pet-friendly preferences, good credit, eviction status, professional and personal references, annual salary to cover rent, funds for security deposits, etc. But in today’s political climate, there’s a taboo question that landlords may (or may not) dance around: Is this renter vaccinated from coronavirus disease 2019 (or COVID-19)?
Coronavirus basics: From health to national stats
The top five states with the most fully vaccinated people between the ages of 18-64 are Rhode Island (87.8%), Washington D.C. (86.4%) and Connecticut (84.8%), with Hawaii and New York tied at 84.6%.
The bottom five states with the least vaccinated people between the ages of 18-64 are Wyoming (53.4%), Alabama (55.2%), Mississippi (55.9%), Louisiana (58.1%) and West Virginia (59.1%).
While wearing masks and social isolation may have helped to decrease the numbers, there’s still the matter of people going back to their everyday lives. That includes simple things like business-to-consumer contact and moving into new homes. And for tenants who are concerned about a landlord’s views on vaccinations, this can be an especially touchy subject, depending on which side of the vaccination debate they’re on.