At the beginning of September, the CDC issued a new moratorium on residential evictions through the end of the year, though they provided some exceptions to the rule. Individual states and cities have similarly created moratoriums on evictions in addition to the federal mandate. That list includes Illinois, where Governor Pritzker extended the current moratorium for another thirty days on Sunday. But some landlords, particularly the smallest ones with the least rental property, are now pushing back. They’re telling the governor that some tenants who were already delinquent before the pandemic hit have been taking advantage of the situation to live rent-free and these deadbeats are putting them in danger of bankruptcy. (CBS Chicago)
Some mom-and-pop landlords want Gov. JB Pritzker to let them evict tenants who were set to be tossed out before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Sunday, the governor extended the eviction moratorium for another 30 days without offering any relief to the landlords.
CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross spoke to property owners who said it is allowing deadbeat tenants to live rent-free.
Linda Villareal’s Jefferson Park property provides rental income. But Jefferson said the tenants haven’t paid rent since the fall of last year.
In addition to previously delinquent tenants who are getting a free ride, we’ve also seen reports out of New York and other cities where tenants who were up to date on their rent before the pandemic simply stopped paying once the moratorium was announced, even if they were clearly still employed. Some apparently figured that it was worth getting evicted in 2021 if they could basically get most of a year’s worth of rent-free living in the meantime.