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Pennsylvania Eviction Moratorium Set to Expire

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By    |   Monday, 31 August 2020 10:40 PM

Pennsylvania's prohibition on evictions and foreclosures amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus was to expire Monday and Gov. Tom Wolf said he did not have the authority to unilaterally extend it.

"But after a thorough legal review, we have determined that the governor cannot extend the executive order to reach additional Pennsylvanians who are not benefiting from the federal extensions and a legislative fix is necessary in order to protect homeowners and renters from eviction," Wolf's office said.

Wolf, a Democrat, declared the moratorium at the end of March due to the job losses created by a cascade of economic and social restrictions, such as ones on dining and attending gyms — many enacted by Wolf to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A property management company co-owner in York, in south central Pennsylvania, said he has about 10 or fewer tenants out of 200 apartments and single-family homes he plans to move on once the ban is lifted.

"Several haven't paid since they were permitted not to pay," Mike Markle of Midor Property Management told NBC network affiliate WGAL. "It's a business that you have to have some compassion but you have to be able to draw the line on that compassion and say, 'The business is the business.'"

Markle said it usually takes about three weeks to evict someone, but he expects that to be a little slower with a flood of cases.

Republicans control both the upper and lower chambers of the state legislature, the House of Representatives and Senate. House Democrats said they plan to introduce legislation that would extend the governor's authority to ban evictions and foreclosures during disaster emergencies. Senate Democrats said they are ready to vote to extend the moratorium outright, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

A House Republican spokesman blamed Wolf for "passing the buck to the legislature to once again bail him out of his poor prior planning."

The Federal Housing Administration on Thursday extended its moratorium through the end of the year, but that only affected homeowners with FHA-insured single-family mortgages.

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