The Governor has issued a new Executive Order related to evictions. Read it here.

Basically, it means the following:

  • Eviction orders issued prior to COVID may now be executed (meaning that the Sheriff is now authorized to remove residents from the unit).
  • Starting on June 25th, orders of possession entered against residents who fail to provide a declaration of COVID-related hardship can be enforced.

This new Executive Order does not lift the other provisions of the Eviction Moratorium, although the Governor’s office has indicated that they intend to lift the Moratorium in August.

This is a consequential step: it allows rent-related evictions for the first time in over a year. There will be a lot of attention paid to these cases, by the media, by advocacy groups and by public officials.

We know that eviction is a last resort. Housing providers want to keep good tenants, and they prefer to work out an arrangement rather than  go through a painful, expensive and protracted legal process.

Our recommendations:

  • Consider consulting an attorney before serving an eviction notice, to ensure that the process is handled cleanly and fairly.
  • Communicate your intentions clearly: state directly that the resident should contact you or your agent to discuss the situation.
  • Understand that this is an emotional event for the resident, and be prepared to discuss the situation calmly and compassionately. A negotiated settlement is almost always the best outcome.
  • If advocacy groups or the media contact you regarding the situation:
    • Reply respectfully that you cannot talk at that time.
    • Get complete contact information, and commit to getting back to the person.
    • Contact your NBOA team for assistance.
    • We will assist you handling the situation to minimize the risks of miscommunication or escalation.