Evictions are Suspended. Rent is not
Yesterday, Tate Reeves held a press conference to sign executive order number 1466. The bill introduced a 'Shelter in place' order commencing April 3rd at 5:00 PM and expiring April 20th at 8:00 AM.
In short, the bill will force non-essential businesses to close, and give law enforcement the authority necessary to enforce the shelter in place order.
During this shelter in place order, evictions are suspended. This means that no one will be removed from their residence or place of business during this executive order. Rent, however, is not suspended, and will continue to accrue during the order.
Please be sure to check out our previous post about personal and business incentives that may help alleviate financial hardships during this time.
COVid-19: What you need to know
The quarantine is here. Here’s what you need to know about how the virus affects you and your business.
You’re probably getting money. The stimulus package recently passed by Congress means that you’re likely to receive an economic impact payment. Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples. Parents also receive $500 for each qualifying child. [IRS FAQ]
Your business can probably get a loan. The SBA has several avenues in place for small businesses in place during this trying time. Included in this proposal is Paycheck Protection loans, SBA debt relief and SBA Express Bridge Loans. For more information, visit the SBA website.
Your business needs to change. Businesses remaining open should follow the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines to reduce risk of transmission among employees and maintain a healthy work environment.
You’re probably not getting evicted. All landlords and property management companies to suspend physical evictions for 35-40 days due to the current hardships faced by many who were are unemployed due to COVID-19 and who are currently in the process of claiming unemployment benefits.**
“As mayor, my authority to suspend evictions is limited. But, I do have a voice. Today, I’m using it to call on us to remember that there are certain values we all share: compassion, love of neighbor and a belief in doing the right thing. Continue to stay home. If you’re back from spring break, really stay home. And if you’re a landlord, work it out so people can stay home.” - Toby Barker
*Please remember while the recommendation is to not evict during this time, rent is still due.
Land Development Code
Earlier this year, the City Council approved a new Land Development Code. In summary, the code is much more legible and searchable than the previous code, and includes interactive document linking, pictures, charts, and several other items to make the document much more useful for Realtors and developers than it has been in the past. If you're thinking about developing property, changing signage, rezoning a property, or changing the use, this is a great resource to get you started. If you have any questions, we recommend contacting an experienced Realtor before making any major financial decisions.
Growth on Evelyn Gandy Parkway
Recently, we've seen insane growth across Hattiesburg, as well as along Evelyn Gandy Parkway in Petal. Several new shopping centers have been built, and it has proven to be a great place for retailers and restaurants alike. We're working with developers, tenants, and landowners, to find their ideal tenants, their perfect location, or their eager buyers. The Area Development Partnership has put together a comprehensive list of sites available along the Parkway in Petal, which can be found here.
Read the full article, by Lici Beveridge from the Hattiesburg American
During the first part of this year, we partnered with Roberts’ Creative in Laurel and revamped our company logo. And we’re really happy with how it came out.
Eric Roberts and his design team met with us and took a look at how our company and look had evolved decade after decade. They drew inspirations from previous designs, and eventually produced the logo that you will start to see more and more across the Pine Belt.
While our look has changed, our culture and commitment to customer service are exactly what you’d expect from a company that’s been around since 1933. We continue to strive for excellence and work to grow and improve every day.
Keep an eye out for our new designs!