Evictions May Start Again With the End of Protections

July 29, 2020

If you live in Davidson County, eviction hearings are not expected to start until Aug. 31. Still, for everyone else in Middle Tennessee and the state, the housing may be your next issue if you haven't been able to keep up with your rent during the pandemic.

Over the last few months, "certain landlords who had either income-based properties or FHA backed mortgages, they weren't allowed to file evictions against tenants for nonpayment of rent," said Zac Oswald, a managing attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. 

Oswald said as we get through this week, "the floodgates have essentially opened allowing every landlord to file an eviction for nonpayment of rent and you couple the eviction moratorium ending with the end of the supplemental $600 for employment and what we see is people's need to pay has increased as their ability to pay has decreased." 

He does recommend reaching out to community organizations for assistance and resources, especially as the $600 federal unemployment payments end Friday.

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