PHA Eviction Moratorium Extended Into 2021

Stability, Health of Residents Are Prime Concerns

(Philadelphia ‐ July 30, 2020)— In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure continued housing stability for its residents, the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has implemented an eviction moratorium until March 15, 2021.  

PHA wants to assure its 80,000 low-income residents, who have been disproportionately impacted by the virus, that their housing will not be a cause for concern during this period of health and economic uncertainty.

“The federal eviction moratorium expires this week.  Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has extended it to the end of August, while the Congress and the Trump Administration debate another extension.  I wanted to take bold action in this regard, to maintain housing stability for our residents,” said PHA President and CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah.

“The decision by PHA to extend the moratorium on evictions is compassionate, humane, and thoughtful at a time when the economy is depressed and many of our residents have lost their jobs and seen their incomes drastically reduced,” said Asia Coney, president of the Resident Advisory Board (RAB).

        Jeremiah noted the moratorium has special conditions:

  • The moratorium will apply only to matters involving the nonpayment of rent and related fees;
  • It does not apply to eviction actions related to health and safety;
  • The moratorium does not treat nonpayment of rent and fees during this period as forgiven;  
  • Individuals are still responsible for any rent or money owed under the terms of the lease agreement;
  • Residents who can pay their rent are strongly encouraged to do so in accordance with the terms of the lease agreement;
  • And residents who are unable to pay or who face a financial hardship should immediately apply for a PHA Hardship Waiver or request to enter into a payment plan.

Jeremiah said PHA has an important role to play in containing the virus and promoting health and wellbeing during the economic recovery. It has provided more than 22,000 free masks to residents and free meals throughout this health crisis.

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The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s mission is to open doors to affordable housing, economic opportunity and safe, sustainable communities to benefit Philadelphia residents with low incomes.

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  1. WeMarie DeMaria says

    Minu Desai and his wife Kanan own multiple residential properties in and around our area, including the Winepress Inn, located in Bartonsville, PA. When the pandemic hit us hard the owners sent out Care Rent Relief Applications which all tenants filled out and returned them to the property manager, Terry Kinney. On Wednesday, November 4th 2020 the owner sent the property manager around to put a 10 day notice to quit on our doors. On those notices, the owners demand $10,000, yes ten thousand dollars from each tenant saying its rent arrears. That is wrong. We all have rent receipts and there is no way ANY tenant is behind that much. Tenants who have been hit the hardest by the pandemic have struggled to pay rent, (most have) and who have sought outside help with Salvation Army, United Way, PFH and other support agencies but to be harassed in this manner? There has to be something done about this, the tenants are panicking now.

    But that’s not all. Even before and moreso during the pandemic, the owners were still collecting rent from tenants even though most were struggling and yet tenants still getting noticed and ALL of them say rent owing to sum of $10,000.00. Yes ten thousand. Ridiculous.

    The owners shut off the cable and wifi back in march/april. They’ve also shut off electric and the police were called to have it turned back on. Problems with the water, both hot and cold.

    The tenants are struggling. They are as always either harrassed to pay rent even during the moriatum, yet still gave towards rent. Even the property manager was overheard telling tenants not to pay rent while also ignoring others who wanted to pay rent.

    This cannot be legal.

    Please advise?

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