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Executive order halts renter evictions, landlords may suffer

Posted at 6:49 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 19:49:20-04

TULSA, Okla. — The wave of eviction claims we’ve seen in Tulsa are expected to slow down. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reinstated the federal eviction moratorium through an executive order Tuesday.

However, some eviction attorneys we’ve spoken to say the order is a double-edged sword. While tenants can now stay in their homes, some landlords won’t be able to pay expenses on their property leading to an increase in foreclosures.

The order is now extended through the end of the year after expiring on July 24. The CDC says it’s “no longer healthy to evict anyone from a residential property” due to concerns over further spreading COVID-19. Other states already had eviction moratoriums in place, but Oklahoma wasn't one of them. The order would cover nearly all properties across the state which would prevent landlords from evicting tenants who can’t pay rent.

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“It won’t just affect big major corporations that own major apartment complexes,” Tulsa attorney, Nate Milner said. “It affects people that have inherited property and have a renter who live on that income on a month-to-month basis. If they don’t get that, they may be up a creek.”

According to the order, some landlords will receive money from Housing and Urban Development, but Milner says it’s not likely to help landlords by the masses.

Here locally, the Tulsa Housing Authority has resources to help landlords during the pandemic. For more information, click here.

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