Eviction Suspensions Will Soon Be Lifted In Mississippi
Updated: May 15, 2020
Yesterday afternoon, Governor Tate Reeves announced an update on Mississippi’s eviction suspensions that were implemented due to the pandemic, saying the suspensions will soon be lifted.
Following the Mississippi Public Service Commission’s announcement extending its order banning utilities from cutting off customers' water, sewer, electricity and gas services for nonpayment, which was set to expire this week but has been extended until May 26, Governor Reeves stated that the suspension on evictions would be lifted officially on June 1, allowing law enforcement to resume enforcement of eviction orders.
Due to unemployment rising during the pandemic, evictions were initially
suspended under Governor Reeves’ stay-at-home order that was issued on April 3rd and the suspension was carried over under the new safer-at-home order that was issued on April 24.
Although evictions have been suspended residents are still required to pay rent money that is owed.
“We have waived those evictions for two months, we wanted to give our people an opportunity to get through the absolute worst from a job standpoint, but we also understand that while we have had the ability to waive evictions, we don’t get to waive the ability of those who own these facilities from paying their rent—paying their landlord or paying their bank, or paying their financial institution, and so we’ve got to –as we have done in so many different decisions here, we’ve got to balance multiple interests and try to make the best decision that all Mississippians are protected”, said Gov. Tate Reeves.
Governor Reeves also stated that if another decision needs to be made regarding the suspension of evictions during the pandemic, they will make one if necessary.