TORONTO, June 1, 2020 /CNW/ - Summit Industrial Income REIT ("Summit" or the "REIT") (TSX: SMU.UN) today provided an update on its rent collections for the month of May 2020. The REIT continues to closely monitor developments related to the pandemic and is following all guidelines issued by the federal and provincial governments.
As of May 31, 2020, the REIT had collected approximately 90.2% of total May rents. In addition, the REIT has agreed on rent deferrals with payment plans for a further 5.0% of tenants, and another 3.3% of tenants have been granted free rent for a period with lease extensions at higher monthly rents. In total, 98.5% of May rents have either been collected or arrangements made with tenants.
Agreements in place
As of May 31, 2020, portfolio occupancy strengthened to 98.7% from 98.4% at March 31, 2020. The REIT's proactive leasing activities are continuing, with only 338,445 square feet remaining to be renewed in 2020, the majority in the fourth quarter of the year, and representing 1.9% of the total portfolio down from 3.4% at March 31, 2020.
"We continue to work with our tenants to collect rents and are in constant communication with them to assist with any issues they may be facing," commented Paul Dykeman, Chief Executive Officer. "We are also pleased that our efforts have resulted in an increase in our historically strong and stable occupancy."
Summit Industrial Income REIT is an unincorporated open-end trust focused on growing and managing a portfolio of light industrial properties across Canada. Summit's units are listed on the TSX and trade under the symbol SMU.UN. For more information, please visit our web site at www.summitIIreit.com.
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SOURCE Summit Industrial Income REIT