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Knowing your rights concerning eviction

Posted at 5:16 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 18:51:28-04

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa County will resume eviction proceedings starting June 1.

According to Randy Proffitt, the second deputy for the courthouse, over 500 Tulsans are expected to be on the docket in the first two weeks.

However, that does not mean those people will be displaced. Because of the pandemic, additional steps are in place before a landlord can remove a tenant.

2 Works for You spoke to Judge Deborrah Ludi Leitch who presides over evictions. Ludi Leitch said federal law requires previous flings by landlords to be done again.

“With the CARES Act, several of the people that filed after March 27 need to come back to court and file additional paperwork," Ludi Leitch said.

Part of that paperwork requires the landlord to disclose if they have received any federally backed loans. If they have, the landlord can not file for an eviction until July 25.

Ludi Leitch also said if a landlord asked for a forbearance, they cannot currently file for evictions.

A forbearance is an agreement between a property owner and a mortgage company or bank stating the owner is experiencing hardship and needs to defer payments.

Although eviction hearings will resume, Ludi Leitch said she will not sign any execution orders allowing sheriff's deputies to remove people from their homes.

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