What the COVID Eviction Bans Really Mean?
Hi, Sunny with Synergy Real Estate and Property Management back again. Today we’re going to go over the ban on evictions during COVID. Headlines state evictions are banned for the rest of 2020. We wanted to dig into that a little bit more and see what the actual caveats were to that statement.
Not ALL Evictions Are Banned!
The first caveat that we really came up with was that the evictions that are banned are related to COVID. Can you prove that you cannot pay your rent because of being directly affected by COVID? Then you can have that eviction stayed for the time being? What that means is if you can prove that you’re having problems making rent we want to work with you. That’s something that we’re already doing anyway. However, if it gets to the point where you’re not working with us we will want to pursue an eviction. That’s a reason why the tenants then can get stayed so landlords do need to know that.
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Protecting Tenants From Eviction
The other thing is, just because a tenant claims they have a problem with covid, that doesn’t provide any proof. The tenant making the claims and the landlord taking it at face value doesn’t necessarily mean that’s going to help stay their eviction. Tenants do have to provide proof that there is financial hardship because there’s a direct effect from COVID. With that proof, they can get their eviction stayed.
What that’s going to do is take care of those people that are actually disenfranchised because of COVID. But they are trying to get people who are taking advantage of that system out as well. So that’s allowing evictions for those people who are not affected by COVID.
Protecting Landlords From Scams
Also, you have your evictions that are allowed to proceed. We are looking at commercial, multifamily, and single-family properties. If those tenants cannot actually show that COVID has affected their business or personal lives in such a way they can no longer pay. Then they want to go ahead and make sure that we can move forward and proceed with evictions for people who do not fit in those guidelines. Unfortunately, there are a few people that do try to take advantage of the system and it’s really important for us and our landlords to be protected.
Finally, there’s also the moratorium that is only going to affect specific tenants. Like we had talked about, this only applies if you are not directly affected by COVID and you have not followed your lease and paid your rent correctly. At the end of the day, all of those rents are going to become due whether you are able to scam the system or not. The further behind that you get the worse that it’s going to be and you will be evicted.
We recommend that if you do fall behind a little bit and have a legitimate reason for it, please contact us. As a property management company, we want to work with you. Our landlords want to work with you to make sure that they’re able to move forward and keep a good tenant in their property. Ideally, we want our tenants to come to us and talk to us before it gets to an eviction standpoint.
What should do if managing their own properties?
For the landlords who are managing their own properties, I think it’s really important to work with those people that do have problems directly being affected by COVID and can prove it’s been that way since day one.
I do think that it’s important to realize that, while we are investors and landlords, we do have a moral obligation to help out the people that we can. Obviously, we still have to take care of ourselves so I’m not saying we should put ourselves in a bad situation but we just want to look at the full situation and see what the best scenario is for everybody.
If you’re trying to scam the system again, I feel like there are ways that we can get you out of the property. It is a little more difficult and requires more skill but it is something that I feel is necessary if it comes down to it. I think there are some changes that need to be made still, we’re on a path to change and that’s really good.
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