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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 03:37 AM

'Coronavirus: Why US Is Expecting An 'Avalanche' Of Evictions'

- 'Coronavirus: Why US is expecting an 'avalanche' of evictions', By Jessica Lussenhop, BBC News, *June 19, 2020.

As hair salons, churches and restaurants reopen across the US, so are eviction courts. Advocates and experts say that an unprecedented crush of evictions is coming, threatening millions of Americans with homelessness as a possible second wave of the pandemic looms. Sitting in her car parked outside of the little white house in Kansas City, Missouri, where she'd lived for two years, Tamika Cole was overwhelmed. She'd worked a long shift as a machine operator the night before, at a factory where she makes detergent bottles for $18 an hour. It's good, stable work. Nevertheless, Cole was on the brink of losing her home. Her nerves were shot. "What am I supposed to do?" she said. "I'm tired of crying."

Cole said that she came home in early May to find an eviction notice affixed to her door. She believed that it was because of a dispute she had with her upstairs neighbour, but that her landlord never spoke to her about it before filing the eviction against her. Due to the coronavirus, an eviction moratorium was in place in Kansas City, and Cole's landlord couldn't force her to move out right away. But she said that didn't stop him from trying to make her as uncomfortable as possible, entering her apartment without her knowledge, cutting off her electricity, and unscrewing and removing a barred security door on her unit.

Now, due to the rapid reopening of Missouri and states like it all over the country, the moratorium was allowed to expire. The renter protections Cole had were gone and she was facing homelessness in the middle of the pandemic. "I've been up all night," she said. "I'm just trying to make it." In Kansas City, local courts declared a moratorium on evictions after a campaign by local tenants' rights activists. Similar campaigns have had success nationally, and as the pandemic went into full swing in the US in mid-to-late March, most places halted eviction proceedings in some form - either on the state or local level - as both a means of shoring up newly out-of-work renters and as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

The federal CARES Act, which passed in early April, froze evictions for renters living in federally subsidised housing or in property backed by government loans. Surveys estimated that in the month of May, nearly a third of renters failed to pay their landlords on time, and over half had lost jobs due to the crisis. But as the country begins opening up again, moratoriums are ending and 40% of states no longer offer renters any protection. The CARES Act protections only apply to less than one-third of the country's 108 million renters. Missouri is one of nine states in the US that never issued any type of statewide moratorium or stay on eviction proceedings, leaving it up to cities, counties and even individual courthouses to determine how to move forward.
As temporary protections are falling away, like a patchwork quilt slowly fraying, hundreds of evictions are already under way in states like Missouri, Virginia and Texas. That could be sending thousands to homeless shelters or to double up with family, at a time when coronavirus cases are still on the rise in many places.

"No court anywhere should be evicting anybody until at least the pandemic has sufficiently subsided," said Eric Dunn, director of litigation for the National Housing Law Project. "Most people being evicted right now - it's because their incomes have been disrupted during the crisis. Where are they supposed to go? It's not like they have money to move somewhere else."...

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appalachiablue Jun 29 OP
duforsure Jun 29 #1
Rorey Jun 29 #2
Kitchari Jun 29 #3
Rorey Jun 29 #5
Kitchari Jun 29 #6
FBaggins Jun 29 #7
CatLady78 Jun 29 #9
Kitchari Jun 29 #4
CatLady78 Jun 29 #8

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 05:19 AM

1. Evictions and bankruptcy's coming,

As trump and McConnell stall people getting stimulus checks , and trump will be against the people getting them, unless he gets his in the bill, then he'll claim he was behind us getting help , lying , then say he was the one behind it all along , which will be BS, he wasn't for you getting anything , while he projects the opposite for publicity. Because they've stalled we could be heading towards a trump depression soon from their policies.

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Response to duforsure (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 06:28 AM

2. Because he doesn't seem to know what the word "stimulus" means

They act like they did that first stimulus check out of the kindness of their non-existent hearts, instead of what the real purpose was supposed to be.

On the topic of eviction, I was worried that I'd have to evict one of my tenants. Up until two days ago, she hadn't paid rent in four months. I knew that she had finally gone back to work about a month ago, and a few weeks ago I touched base with her and she asked how much she owed. I told her that if she could at least start paying the current month (June), we'd figure out what to do about the preceding three months.

On Saturday she paid the rent for June and July, and I told her that for the other three months, if there wasn't anything in the next stimulus package, or any other relief for landlords, that I'd write it off on my taxes.

It hurts me in a big way financially, but that's the way it is. Evicting her would be awful for me emotionally, and changing tenants is always costly, even when they leave by choice.

I've got another tenant who didn't pay June's rent, and also reimburses me for utilites. I'll drive by later today to drop off his utility bills. Hopefully he'll be able to pay rent for July at some point. I'm sure I'll have to kiss rent for June, and utility reimbursement, goodbye.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 06:52 AM

3. You are very compassionate

It's not easy for landlords and tenants

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Response to Kitchari (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 07:20 AM

5. Thanks, but I guess I'm also a lousy businessperson

I'll probably go broke.

Both of these tenants have been in my houses for at least three years. I'm far from rich, but this was something I could handle more than they could.

Even if I evicted them, or was an ass about the lost rent, what benefit would there be to me? The past rent money is still gone, and if I were to evict, I'd lose at least another month's rent because if somebody's getting evicted, they're definitely not going to pay any rent. Sure, the court would order them to pay the rent, but if they had it to pay, they'd have paid.

I just figure that we all have to do the best we can to get through this thing.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 07:35 AM

6. Makes perfect sense

Since you know they're doing the best they can

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Response to Rorey (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 08:43 AM

7. Not a bad businessman at all

Finding new renters could be more difficult than expected... and mortgage rates are likely to keep it that way for some time.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 12:04 PM

9. That is very nice of you

It must mean a lot to your tennants who must be under a lot of stress.
:-/

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 06:54 AM

4. We need an organized assistance effort from government

Sadly unlikely until January

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 12:01 PM

8. horrible. nt

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