FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the federal moratorium on eviction until June 30th. This is the third time the deadline has been pushed back. Fort Wayne renters and landlords alike are feeling the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If you’re choosing between buying food at the grocery store or paying rent, sometimes you have to pick buying food,” Indiana Legal Services Attorney Andrew Thomas said.
For residents experiencing financial strain because of the pandemic, a decision of survival.
“Unfortunately people got behind on their rent during the pandemic and they’re trying to sort everything out,” Thomas said.
The CDC’s extension of the federal moratorium on eviction is providing them relief.
“Many of these folks, maybe it’s the first time they’ve come across that problem and these programs are intended to help these folks out,” he said.
Renters aren’t the only party affected.
“These are small businesses. They’re trying to make a living and if they’re not getting rent, they can’t pay their mortgage and so they’re facing foreclosure,” George Guy with the Fort Wayne Housing Authority said.
Guy says this is why many landlords chose to evict.
With funding from the U.S. Department of Treasury, The City of Fort Wayne’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program is bridging the gap in our city.
“That’s working with the agencies that are here locally to make sure that tenants get the assistance they need and landlords are getting their rent to make them whole as well,” he said.
If the moratorium is not extended past June 30, renters will be expected to pay their entire back rent. If they fail to do so, they risk eviction.
If you believe there is going to be an issue with your landlord, Indiana Legal Services says it’s best to act far ahead of time.
The filing of an eviction alone can be as detrimental to the tenant as an eviction order through a court.