As Governor Whitmer’s executive order on suspending evictions until April 17 is coming to a close, housing advocates reached out to the governor stating that they want the suspension to expand statewide and to be extended.
Director of LA SED, a non profit Detroit organization, said, “There is fear of what is going to happen. People are still not going to be in any better position tomorrow.”
Detroit’s 36th District Court has already extended the suspension up until April 30, which is the deadline of Whitmer’s stay-at-home order. But advocates say otherwise, that other courts haven’t issued the same orders.
According to Munoz, there should be a plan that carefully outlines how tenants can gradually pay back their rent. “Many people are nervous that they will have to pay the full amount immediately after the ban lifts,” she said.
Joe McGuire, staff attorney with the Detroit Justice Center, stated that, “Whitmer should extend the order beyond April 30 and include a ban on mortgage foreclosures like New York and California have done.”
Mcguire added, “It’s unclear when this emergency will end, but it’s clear that it won’t be over in two weeks. Everyday the governor’s office fails to extend the eviction moratorium creates uncertainty and strain on Michigan residents.”
According to the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office, they will not foreclose on any properties for unpaid taxes this year. Oakland County also said that no one affected by the pandemic will lose their properties.
There are a number of legal nonprofits in Michigan that are trying to work on protections once the courts reopen. To add up, the United Housing Coalition is working to help renters who had eviction cases filed right before the state shutdown.
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