What to do?
Where to go?
Who do I speak with?
How do I pay my debt service?
Will a short term fix actually help me?
Just some of the questions that have been uttered as the Pandemic has decimated the once robust hospitality industry.
The CMBS world has seen more hotel properties become delinquent that at any time in the past, and now are stuck in short term forbearance agreements that are not adequately addressing the longer-term needs of the property and its operations. Those owners who were ahead of the curve in mid-year 2020 felt confident that a six-month forbearance would be all that was needed. Today, we understand this to be wrong. It is, therefore, inevitable that all COVID affected hotel loans currently in Special Servicing will remain there for extended periods of time, due either to the sheer volume of assets these servicers are dealing with or because of market uncertainty making long term decisions impractical if not impossible.