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Evictions halted while Northam starts rent relief program

The moratorium gives Governor Northam’s administration time to implement a rent relief program for residents facing housing insecurity during the pandemic.

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam announced a stop to eviction proceedings in Virginia due to a temporary statewide moratorium. 

The order was issued Monday by the Virginia Supreme Court and will remain in effect through June 28. 

Evictions were put on hold in mid-March while court houses were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But on May 17, the order to suspend non-emergency proceedings expired, allowing backlog eviction lawsuits to continue. 

The moratorium gives Northam’s administration time to implement a rent relief program for residents facing housing insecurity during the pandemic. 

Details regarding the rent relief initiative are expected to be announced in the upcoming weeks. 

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