U.S. rental marketplace RentPath has announced free-of-charge use of its landlord-to-tenant communications tools for clients coping with the havoc wrought by Hurricane Ida.

With many apartments either damaged or uninhabitable in Ida’s wake, RentPath is offering property managers in affected communities 60 days of free access to Media Center PRO, an automated communications platform, the company said.

The tools allow property managers to keep in contact with large numbers of tenants through a unified inbox collecting two-way texts and email messages.

The company said the tool will help property managers deliver critical messages concerning emergency office hours and availability, safety procedures, changes to maintenance protocols, and updates on repairs and remediation.

Hurricane Ida swept out of the Gulf of Mexico at the end of August, hitting Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi before charging northeast and drenching New England with torrential rain.

The financial tally could top $95 billion, making Ida the 7th costliest hurricane since 2000.

In addition to free communication tools, RentPath is highlighting immediately available apartments and rentals on its listing network (Rent.com, ApartmentGuide.com and Rentals.com) to help with the re-housing of thousands of displaced renters, the release stated. 

RentPath is the no. 2 rental listings company in the U.S. after CoStar, which runs top site Apartments.com.

In April, RentPath was acquired by Redfin for $608 million.

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