Information on evictions is changing on an almost daily basis. The information I am sending today is an update and will no doubt need to be revised in the very near future.
For now, as a result of a new Executive Order from the Governor, please note the following:
*Pursuant to Executive Order 20-13, landlords may not file or serve eviction Notices based on non-payment of rent or for “no cause” for the duration of the crisis.
*The Governor’s eviction moratorium now applies to “non-residential,” i.e. commercial, properties as well. For these properties, tenants must provide proof that their inability to pay is due to the pandemic.
*All tenants must notify their landlords as soon as possible of their inability to pay rent and must make a partial rent payment if they are able to.
*This Order was issued on April 1 and is in effect for 90 days from that date.
In addition, the new federal CARES Act:
*Applies to federally subsidized housing including Public Housing, Section 8 vouchers, Rural Development, VASH vouchers, federally subsidized mortgages, and other federally subsidized housing and programs.
*Landlords of these properties may not initiate eviction proceedings or terminate leases for non-payment for the duration of the Act which is from March 27-July 25.
Attached are information sheets in English and Spanish about the statewide moratorium in greater detail. An information sheet in English about the federal moratorium is also attached; a Spanish translation will also be available soon.
Blair Bobier, Attorney at Law
Lincoln County Office/Newport