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Virginia Supreme Court grants temporary eviction moratorium

Court suspends eviction proceedings through Sept. 7


Gov. Ralph Northam announced a temporary statewide moratorium on eviction proceedings in Virginia. The moratorium, which began on Aug. 10, and remains in effect through Monday, Sept. 7, halts all eviction proceedings related to failure to pay rent. Gov. Northam requested this moratorium in a letter to Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Lemons on July 24.

“Today’s decision comes at a time when we are still battling this public health crisis and need all Virginians to maintain safe, stable housing,” said Northam. “As the ongoing Congressional stalemate leaves hundreds of thousands of Virginians without federal housing protection or unemployment relief, this is a critical step towards keeping families safely in their homes. I am grateful to the Virginia Supreme Court for granting this order, and I look forward to working with the General Assembly this month to develop more permanent legislative protections for Virginia homeowners and tenants.”

On June 29, Northam launched the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP), which provides an initial $50 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for Virginia households facing eviction and foreclosure due to COVID-19. Eligibility and application information for the RMRP is available www.governor.virginia.gov.

Tenants are encouraged to know their rights and responsibilities and pay their rent on time if they are able. Visit StayHomeVirginia.com for additional information and resources on tenant rights.

Northam’s letter to Chief Justice Lemons requesting this moratorium is available at www.governor.virginia.gov.