Pennsylvanians cannot be evicted during COVID-19 state of emergency

Attorney General: Pennsylvanians cannot be evicted during COVID-19 state of emergency

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced on Tuesday that residents of the state cannot be evicted from their homes during the state of emergency cause by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shapiro wrote a letter to landlords and mortgage lenders, urging them to extend the time during which eviction proceedings are suspended for a longer period of time beyond what the Pennsylvania Supreme Court gives to affected Pennsylvanians to get back on their feet.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court previously ordered courts to be closed to eviction proceedings due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. The order is applicable to all PA property owners, managers, landlords as well as mortgage brokers and lenders.

“With millions of Pennsylvanians following Governor Wolf’s direction to stay at home, it is critical that rental evictions cease for the duration of this emergency,” said Attorney General Shapiro in his letter.

Shapiro also stated in his letter that:

Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians have lost wages and jobs during this crisis and we will need time for businesses to reopen and for our economy to come back when the emergency is lifted. Stable housing is part of the foundation we need as a Commonwealth to fully recover.

The Office of the Attorney General is working to go beyond existing state Supreme Court orders and an existing federal order from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which prevents evictions and foreclosures on properties insured by the Federal Housing Administration.