Whitmer to lift eviction freeze; $50M in rent aid to start


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that a monthslong moratorium on evictions amid the coronavirus pandemic will end in mid-July, when landlords can start applying for $50 million in government assistance if they let people stay in their homes.

The initiative will be financed as part of an $880 million spending bill the Democratic governor will soon sign — funding the federal government sent to Michigan to address the COVID-19 crisis.

If landlords do not evict their tenants for debt related to the pandemic, they can receive a lump-sum payment. They must waive late fees or penalties and forgive a certain amount.

If a landlord is owed $1,000 and gets $900 through the eviction diversion program, for example, the remaining $100 must be forgiven. If a landlord who is owed $1,000 receives $450, $50 must be forgiven. The tenant would have to pay the remaining $500 in 12 equal monthly installments.

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