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Justice clarifies eviction moratorium limits in WV

September 14th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

On Friday, the CDC released an eviction moratorium that would stop evictions until the end of this year, but it’s not that simple. The moratorium does not immediately protect renters from being evicted. While those guidelines look good on paper, the CDC can only suggest them, stopping an eviction still has to be approved by a judge and that leaves a gray area. In West Virginia, there is an absolute for tenants to pay their rent. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, that sort of got thrown on its ear. For federal housing and in some states and cities eviction moratoriums were put in place until July 31. West Virginia was not one of those states, even though COVID-19 hits renters here too. Governor Jim Justice provided clarification that, while he continues to urge landlords to cease evictions throughout the duration of the pandemic, he is not legally able to force landlords to stop evicting people if they choose to do so…