HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – An executive order signed by Governor Ned Lamont that postponed tenant evictions is coming to an end.
The moratorium on evictions was put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic as many people lost their jobs.
It allowed tenants to skip rent payments and not get evicted from their apartments.
There are owners who think there are too many who have taken advantage of it.
âIn January, the rent I had in my possession was $ 141,000. To date, it’s well over $ 200,000. Without the moratorium, it would still have been $ 50,000. It’s the cost of doing business, but the benefit is having to house tenants for free, âsaid owner David Haberfeld.
This moratorium on evictions comes to an end on June 30 and tenants will have to reimburse everything.
âAt the end of the moratorium, all the landlords, all of us, will go to the evictions court. Many of these tenants will be okay because they will be eligible for the Unite CT program, so not all of them will end up being evicted, âHaberfeld explained.
United CT is federally funded and currently helps thousands of tenants and landlords across the state who are still struggling.
âWe have $ 235 million for the program to help homeowners and tenants. United CT brings them both together. It’s an application process and right now the program will allow up to $ 15,000 out of 10,000 rents in arrears, âsaid Seila Mosquera-Bruno, Commissioner of the Ministry of Housing.
Landlords and tenants must work together, and many have, so far, 8,000 claims processed, paying Connecticut homeowners $ 11 million.
Revisions have been made to the program that may be in favor of the owner.
âThe landlord can get 100% of the retroactive rent, up to $ 10,000, and it can go until March 13, 2021. And people can get rent for up to three months at the same time,â Mosquera said. Bruno.
For Haberfeld, he thinks most of the tenants will stay put.
âIf Unite CT comes in and pays the rent arrears by the time we go to court, the tenant will be fine and be allowed to stay and if he works again and earns an income, everything will be fine. Those who did not pay before and those who are not of quality, they will be expelled â, he declared.
To find out if you are eligible for Unite CT, Click here or call 1-844-UNITED-CT.
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