COVID Related Eviction Tsunami Coming; Opines TenantScreeningUSA.com

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Across the country COVID related Eviction moratoriums are set to expire in the coming days and weeks, and the potential tsunami of evictions may come to fruition. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com states: “Landlords and Property Managers should work with a well-qualified third-party tenant screening agency, such as TenantScreeningUSA.com, as a best practice, especially in uncertain times that currently exist.”

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When a seismic event such as the COVID related evictions hits landlords and property managers should immediately take note and ensure that their policies and practices remain fully compliant with law.

Eviction moratoriums are set to expire across the country and, subsequently, a wrath of evictions could take place. Adam Almeida, President and CEO or TenantScreeningUSA.com states: “There is a very real possibility that hundreds of thousands of evictions could take place across the country due to the expiration of eviction moratoriums, but a landlords and/or property managers should be prepared for cessation or extension, and working with well-qualified third-party tenant screening agency will help stay ahead of changes in laws governing evictions.

When a significant number of COVID19 affected employers began to layoff millions of workers governors across the country jumped into action and created eviction moratoriums for those individuals and families adversely affected. Generally, these moratoriums were meant to last 90 days, and in many parts of the country those 90 days are about to be up.

Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com states: “As the end of 90 days draws near landlords and property managers should watch carefully to see if the moratoriums expire, or get extended, as they are in California.”

On May 29, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom extended California’s eviction moratorium.

From JDSupra.com (June 2, 20):

On March 5, 2020, Gov. Newsom declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19, which continues to remain in place. On March 27, 2020, Gov. Newsom issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. In the interim, on April 6, 2020, the Judicial Council of California took Gov. Newsom’s order one step further and issued an emergency rule suspending eviction actions. Under the Judicial Council’s rule, a court cannot issue a summons on a complaint for an eviction unless the court finds that the action is necessary to protect public health and safety. The rule applies until 90 days after Gov. Newsom lifts the state of emergency or the Judicial Council amends or repeals the rule. Gov. Newsom’s order was silent as to the state of emergency. (1)

Almeida adds: “Governor Newsome’s extension maybe one of a handful in the country. Time will tell.”

From Marketplace.com (May 29, 20):

Already, more than a dozen states, including South Carolina, Virginia, Texas and Wisconsin, have allowed eviction proceedings to resume. By the beginning of June, more than half of states will have no protections in place for renters. By the end of July, almost none will. (2)

Almeida concludes: “The potential of COVID related evictions could, potentially, change the landscape of tenant screening for years to come. A high number of applicants could have the scourge of eviction haunt them. When a seismic event such as the COVID related evictions hits landlords and property managers should immediately take note and ensure that their policies and practices remain fully compliant with law. A best practice is to work with a well-qualified third-party tenant screening agency in order to stay compliant with law.

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)    jdsupra.com/legalnews/gov-newsom-extends-california-36518/
(2)    marketplace.org/2020/05/29/u-s-looking-at-a-tsunami-of-evictions-as-moratoriums-expire/

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