The Day We've Been Dreading Is Here
Patty Lamberti Program Director
This eviction ban protected landlords from getting rid of tenants who aren't paying rent because of COVID-19 related issues in about 70% of rentals across the country.
When the order expires, landlords will likely start flooding courthouses to begin the legal process of evicting tenants.
Some say that another federal moratorium on evictions may be enacted when the second relief bill is passed by Congress. But politicians are fighting over all kinds of details in the package. A final bill likely won't be voted on until mid-August, at best.
It's unclear if that second bill would protect tenants who have eviction proceedings filed against them between tomorrow and whatever day the new bill is enacted.
If you haven't paid rent, don't panic just yet, or assume that you'll be forced to move out in a month.
Here are some things to keep in mind, and resources to learn more.
1. The Federal moratorium on evictions ends tomorrow. But many states and cities have their own bans in place.
If you live in a state (or some cities) with an eviction moratorium in place, tomorrow doesn't matter.
Some local officials are protecting tenants within their boundaries with state or city specific bans. Some of these moratoriums last through the end of the calendar year.
Here's our updated list of state and city eviction moratorium orders.
2. Evictions take time.
Your landlord can start the process tomorrow, but that doesn't mean you'll be kicked out in 30 days.
There is a legal process when it comes to evictions. In some states, the process takes longer than 30 days.
According to Jennifer McGlone, our Chief Legal Officer, the courts will be so backlogged with eviction paperwork and hearings that it will likely take landlords much longer than it usually does to evict non-paying tenants.
Check out our infographic on how long evictions usually take here.
3. Having a lawyer on your side will increase the chance you can stay in your rental.
If you get an eviction notice, don't cave. Instead, call us for help.
One study found that when tenants represent themselves in court, they are evicted almost 50 percent of the cases. With a lawyer, they win 90 percent of the time.
Here at Court Buddy, we want to help you avoid eviction. We can match you with a lawyer who specializes in fighting eviction for as little as $249 (or 4 interest free payments of $62.25).
Our affordable payment structure will likely cost you less money than fighting your landlord on your own, finding a new apartment, putting down another security deposit and moving.
Here's some more information about key times in the eviction process when a lawyer is essential.
Don't panic or start packing boxes just yet.
Court Buddy is here to connect you with an experienced and trusted lawyer who can help you at an affordable rate. The company assists with the management of your case and lawyer relationship. Your lawyer will assess your legal issue in a timely and confidential manner, explain why you need or do not need a lawyer, and only charge you for the legal services performed and associated out of pocket fees.