The last 18 months or so have been particularly difficult for landlords. As the economy ground to an unexpected halt, thousands of people started falling behind on their rent. Then came moratoriums on evictions for non-paying tenants.
Rules at both the state and federal levels prevented landlords from evicting tenants who had stopped paying rent. Some people took all the necessary steps to write their financial circumstances and catch up on their rent. Still others looked at that moratorium as an excuse to fall further and further behind on their payments. Now, with federal and state moratoriums set to expire at the end of the month, landlords could soon find themselves heading to court.
Evictions for non-payment could resume as soon as July
With businesses reopening and more people going back to work, the economy has started to bounce back. After multiple extensions to the federal and state moratoriums on eviction, it looks like they will both expire on the last day of June.
That means that the first few days of July and the week after Independence Day could see thousands of landlords across Connecticut filing paperwork to remove non-paying tenants from their properties. It is likely that a large number of filings will occur in short order, possibly overwhelming the courts and leading to additional delays for landlords who are anxious to get paying tenants back into their properties.
There may be ways for landlords to cooperate with tenants behind on rent
No one wants to hurt those already struggling, but a non-paying tenant puts you in a dangerous position. You should not have to accept massive losses of income because other people didn’t keep their jobs or balance their budgets.
Tenants who haven’t paid rent in months could owe you thousands of dollars. In some cases, you may be able to take them to court to compel them to pay or even garnish their wages. Other times, you may be able to cooperate with rental relief programs that your tenants qualify for.
Reviewing your records about tenants who have fallen behind and communicating with them about their intentions once the moratorium ends can help you decide what steps do you need to take in the near future. If they don’t intend to pay, leave or get help catching up on rent, filing an eviction may be the best response.