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Governor Bryan Extends COVID-19 Moratorium On Evictions To September 5

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. has extended the local moratorium on tenant evictions, in place since March, but with conditions and limits.

The moratorium was set to expire today, but Bryan announced the extension at a press conference last week.

While hoping to help residents unable to pay their rent, Bryan said landlords also have obligations and proposed a compromise that tenants cannot be evicted if they are 60 days or less behind in rent payments.

Government House released the text of Bryan’s executive order on Wednesday morning, giving a few more details. The moratorium is extended 60 days from July 27, which is September 5.

But it does allow “actions to recover possession of real property, demand for rent or for forceable entry and detainer for rental payment arrears greater than 60 days,” subject to the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stimulus Act.

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