Detroit’s Eviction Moratorium Is Over: What Tenants Should Know

August 18, 2020

The Detroit ban on evictions ended Saturday night, Detroit tenants are worried more than ever. The state moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment expired on July 16. The 36th District Court began its ban on March 13, before the statewide prohibition. 

The court estimates a backlog of about 900 cases and expects to hold hearings for 200 to 300 cases that were not already resolved, said Chief Judge William McConico. 

Legal aid organizations expect a spike in calls when the Detroit moratorium lifts.

Lakeshore Legal Aid has seen an uptick in landlord-tenant calls since the statewide moratorium ended, said staff development director Kellie Maki Foster. 

In Detroit,  Lakeshore has received 5,126 calls to its hotline for eviction help and 513 online applications. Before the pandemic shutdowns in March, it handled 303 landlord-tenant cases.

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