Evictions Resume Following 3 Month Freeze

Posted at 7:52 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 08:58:24-04

COVERING LOUISIANA — After being frozen for nearly three months by Governor John Bel Edwards, landlords across the state will be allowed to resume evictions for tenants who have not paid their rent.

Housing advocates, however, are warning that these evictions could pose a public health threat amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Patrick McCarron with Thomas Jefferson Real Estate said that during this eviction freeze, landlords were legally obligated to continue to provide basic services at their properties--even for those who refused to pay rent.

Other landlords say that many tenants have been offered hardship plans to continue making partial payments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They say the number of evictions for nonpayment sits at roughly 10 percent.

Landlords who receive federal assistance or federally backed loans may not begin the eviction process until late August.

For more information on tenants' rights contact the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center at 504-596-2100 or toll free at 877-445-2100.

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