CDC Eviction Moratorium Continues
So…the moratorium on evictions continues. The CDC order for a moratorium on evictions, as codified into law with the latest Federal stimulus bill signed by President Trump on December 27, extends the CDC moratorium until the end of January 2021. On top of that, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) extended the moratorium on evictions where a Federal backed mortgage is in place through the end of February 2021. The Michigan legislature has not introduced any form of eviction moratorium, but the Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) continues to operate and courts are still using the same protocols for eviction cases—slowing the process down considerably for allowable eviction cases.
Will the moratoriums continue beyond the new dates? The RPOA guess is, yes. The new administration that takes office this month seems determined to provide continued relief in many forms to Americans impacted by the pandemic. The good news is that, if things happen as they did with the first stimulus checks, most tenants will be able to continue to pay rent using the new stimulus money. And, since additional dollars were earmarked in the stimulus package to provide housing assistance, it’s likely that eviction diversion programs will continue to be funded—at least for the foreseeable future.
Continued support for those finding themselves unemployed seems to be somewhat up in the air in Michigan due to a line-item veto in the last Michigan pandemic relief package. The RPOA is not sure if this is true as the issue seems fraught with political rhetoric.
With all that said, nothing specific has changed with how evictions should be processed or the funding available to assist tenants with past due rent. For RPOA members needing assistance with evictions, please call the RPOA office at 616-454-3385 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., M-F.