The Eviction Moratorium: What To Know If You’re a Tenant At Risk

The Eviction Moratorium: What To Know If You’re a Tenant At Risk

September 4, 2020

The Trump administration announced a new moratorium on evictions that goes into effect nationwide on Friday and will last through December, but some local activists say that without financial relief to help renters climb out of the hole caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a moratorium is not enough.

Housing rights activists with the Tenant Organizing Resource Center (TORC) delivered their own eviction notices to members of the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) on Thursday afternoon, as community members spoke about their own experiences with eviction and protested the NCGA’s ongoing failure to provide adequate relief during the biggest eviction crisis in U.S. history. On Wednesday, the group rallied in front of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse for the same cause.

A statewide moratorium on evictions began in March and ended on June 20. In Mecklenburg County, eviction proceedings, known as summary ejectment hearings, resumed in July 20. The new order does not offer retroactive protections to people who have been evicted between the end of the first moratorium and the beginning of the next one, which is being enacted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It’s estimated that 542,000 renter households in North Carolina are experiencing a rent shortfall.

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