Eviction Tsunami Delayed but Covid Related Evictions Could Resume and Cause Havoc, Opines TenantScreeningUSA.com

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A CDC related moratorium on evictions has been extended to January 31, 2021 but evictions could resume on February and, subsequently, cause significant chaos and havoc for both landlords and renters. “The potential for mass evictions related to failure to pay rent, due to Covid 19 financial circumstances, could create significant challenges for landlords and/or property managers, with potential change in law to assist delinquent renters, thereby suggesting that a best practice remains to work with a well-qualified third-party tenant screening agency, such as TenantScreeningUSA.com, to remain compliant,” opines Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com.

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Changes to eviction laws are surely going to significantly impact tenant screening, and landlords/property managers must maintain readiness to respond to these changes in law.

On January 31, 2021 the evictions moratorium related to Covid 19 and a request by CDC will end and thousands of renters once again will face the possibility of losing housing unless local and/or federal agencies step in. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com states: “Resumption of Covid 19 related evictions could potentially force thousands into a more desperate situation with loss of housing, and landlords/property managers face renewed challenges in laws governing renting; subsequently a best practice remains in working with a third-party tenant screening agency, such as TenantScreeningUSA.com, in order to remain compliant.”

Thousands of renters face the loss of housing when the federal moratorium on evictions is lifted on February 1, 2021. Unless state or federal agencies step in to quell the tsunami of evictions, the impact will be significant, specifically to renters but to landlords as well.

The CDC related moratorium evictions still took place but on a smaller scale.

From Popular Science’s website on January 4, 2021:

Earlier this year, Popular Science reported that more than 20 million Americans potentially faced homelessness when the federally-imposed moratorium on evictions lifted in late September. Fortunately, that outcome has yet to happen, as the moratorium has been extended—at press time, until January 31, 2021. But thousands of evictions have still taken place this year, and the crisis that has kept people from paying rent still holds sway. (1)

Almeida adds: “The state of emergency for renters will go from bad to worse unless the situation is immediately addressed, which could happen with the change in leadership at the federal level.”

State and local agencies have the ability to slow and/or quell the breadth of evictions.

From Lexology.com on January 7, 2021:

State and local laws may supersede the CDC's order, so long as such laws provide "the same or greater level of public-health protection" as the CDC's order. For example, last week New York passed a law halting residential evictions until at least May 1, 2021 for tenants who show documentation of a “COVID-related hardship.” The New York law also halts residential foreclosures through May 1, 2021. (2)

Almeida concludes: “Changes to law are surely going to occur and will significantly impact tenant screening, and landlords/property managers must maintain readiness to respond to changes in law by working with a well-qualified third-party tenant screening agency in order to remain compliant.”

TenantScreeningUSA.com provides full-service tenant screening for landlords and property managers of any size and can greatly assist in remaining fully compliant with all existing law governing tenant screening. With a highly trained and experienced staff, TenantScreeningUSA.com can provide help to landlords and property managers with all their tenant screening needs.

Notes:

(1)    popsci.com/story/health/housing-eviction-covid-19-pandemic-spread/
(2)    lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=0f76eb00-eec6-4938-8ba7-44846e0f5d22

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