Why Extended-Stay Hotel Evictions May Not Be Legal

May 1, 2020

In just the last 30 days, 60 people have found their way to Atlanta Legal Aid seeking help due to increasing numbers of families receiving eviction notices.

“When the virus hit, people who were making it week to week were suddenly furloughed or laid off. They knew they’d be getting income eventually, but hotels didn’t want to wait for people to get money. The courts were closed, so having an eviction hearing wasn’t even possible. Someone in a traditional landlord-tenant relationship could catch up, but people in hotels risked being thrown out,” said Rachel Lazarus, managing attorney at the Gwinnett County office.

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