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On July 9, 2020 Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order extending the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, which was set to expire on July 10, 2020, until August 31, 2020. What are landlord and tenant rights and obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Landlords and tenants should be aware of the following rights and obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic:
The Order does not apply to homeowners and renters who are already receiving assistance from the new program administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), federally backed mortgage loans for which the moratorium on foreclosures and evictions has been extended until August 31, 2020, or individuals in counties where courts remain closed or have issued orders staying evictions through or after August 31, 2020.
In addition, the Order applies only to matters involving the nonpayment of monies, as well as to those proceedings related to removal of any tenant solely because the tenant has held over or exceeded the term of a lease.
Lastly, the Order does not apply to suspend notice requirements relating to evictions for breaches of any other covenants.
This blog was originally published April 30, 2020 and was updated with new guidance on July 20, as the moratorium extended until August 31.
Safa Ashrafi is an associate attorney in the Business Services group. She provides contract law guidance to clients in the real estate, municipal, banking and non-profit industries.