Governor Ralph Northam today announced a temporary statewide hold on all eviction proceedings in Virginia. He requested the moratorium in a letter to Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Lemons, who signed the order.
The order remains in effect through June 28, halting all eviction proceedings for about three weeks while the governor implements a comprehensive rent relief program to help tenants weather the impact of the coronavirus.
“I am grateful to the chief justice for granting this order, and for the activists who have been working tirelessly on this important issue,” Northam said. “Access to safe and stable housing is critically important, and this action will keep thousands of families in their homes as we work to get them the support they need.”
Northam's rent relief initiative will be supported by federal CARES Act funding, he said. He encouraged tenants to know their rights and to pay their rent on time if they are able. More information is available at StayHomeVirginia.com.
According to the governor, barber shops, beauty salons, campgrounds and religious institutions are authorized to reopen starting May 15. How likely is it that you will go to at least one of these in the next few weeks?
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