What Happens When the Eviction Moratorium Ends? Landlords Should Continue to Take Note; States TenantScreeningUSA.com

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The federal government enacted eviction moratorium, based on CDC recommendations and request, is scheduled to end on January 1, 2021, and could potentially put millions of Americans at risk of eviction. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com states: “Landlords and property managers certainly remain focused on the moratorium outcome going into 2021 as a resolution to the overall situation appears unclear, but change could happen very quickly, subsequently a best practice remains to work with a well-qualified third-party tenant screening agency, such as TenantScreeningUSA.com, to remain compliant with existing law as well as any potential laws that may be enacted in regards to evictions.”

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With the federal eviction moratorium coming to an end now is the time for landlords to work with a well-qualified tenant screening agency to assist in remaining in compliance with any laws governing tenant screening.

On January 1, 2021 the federally enacted eviction moratorium ends and the risk of eviction heightens for millions across the country. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com, states: “Landlords and property managers should be on high alert as a clear post-moratorium path regarding evictions is not in place and the government will surely enact new policies and laws to avoid significant challenges related to potentially significant eviction cases.”

When the eviction moratorium, as implemented by the federal government based on CDC request and recommendation, ends on January 1, 2021 millions of renters may be at risk of eviction.

From CNET.com on December 2, 2020:

Starting Jan. 1, 2021, landlords will once again be able to legally evict tenants for failure to pay rent. Dec. 31 is the last day of protection from evictions and from a handful of other coronavirus relief measures that will expire on Dec. 31 if there's no new stimulus bill or executive action to renew them. The National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates as many as 19 million people in 6.7 million households are at risk of being evicted when the calendar flips to 2021. (1)

Many housing advocates are pushing the federal government to implement new policies to control the potential onslaught of evictions post January 1.

From an online article regarding post-moratorium evictions at Vox.com on November 27, 2020:

But these moratoriums are only kicking the can down the road. Chief economist for Moody’s Analytics Mark Zandi told the Washington Post that tenants could owe nearly $70 billion in back rent by year’s end. And for landlords left holding the bag, there’s been little relief, as they’ve been forced to take on the role of government — subsidizing housing for millions even as their own taxes, mortgage payments, and other expenses are due. (1)

Almeida states: “At the moment there are seemingly no clear paths to resolution regarding evictions post-moratorium, but some states and cities are continuing to work on it.”

One example of post-moratorium eviction resolution comes from Washington.

From the Olympian’s website on November 26, 2020:

Dispute Resolution Centers (DRC) have long dealt with landlord-tenant issues, but under the new Eviction Resolution Program, landlords will be required to participate in a mediation session before filing for eviction. The plan, developed by the Superior Court Judges Association along with representatives from Rental Housing Industry associations, civil legal aid lawyers, and advocates, aims to strike a compromise that avoids court entirely. (3)

Almeida concludes: “A best practice remains for landlords and/or property managers to work with a well-qualified third-party tenant screening agency in order to remain in compliance with any laws governing tenant screening.”

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)    cnet.com/personal-finance/this-is-the-last-month-for-eviction-protections-unless-a-new-stimulus-bill-comes-soon/
(2)    vox.com/21569601/eviction-moratorium-cdc-covid-19-congress-rental-assistance-rent-crisis

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