Directive Passed to Lift Non-Payment of Rent Eviction Moratorium

July 10, 2020

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf extended a statewide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures to Aug. 31 rather than letting it lapse Friday.

His decision followed the Pennsylvania Housing Financing Agency’s bumpy launch Monday of a $150 million rental assistance program and a $25 million mortgage assistance program. 

The extension will also give the state government more time to come up with a plan to provide more meaningful assistance.

Lori Molloy, executive director of North Penn Legal Services, a nonprofit providing civil legal services to low-income residents, said she’s concerned some landlords with federally backed mortgages will not wait until late August, and that the state Supreme Court has not developed a process to ensure the federal moratorium is followed.

She’s hopeful most landlords will voluntarily work with tenants to use the rent relief program or other avenues of assistance rather than turning to the courts. But she is bracing for a “surge of eviction filings.”

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