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Beshear Dedicates $15M of Federal Coronavirus Funds to Eviction Relief

Governor Andy Beshear has signed a new executive order that he says will help Kentucky tenants and landlords alike.

Posted: Aug 24, 2020 4:03 PM
Updated: Aug 24, 2020 4:10 PM

Starting Sept. 8, Kentuckians can submit applications for a new eviction relief fund that was announced by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear on Monday.

Beshear said he signed a new executive order on Monday, creating the "Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund," which he says is a series of steps that provide significant time before an eviction process begins.

During his Monday COVID-19 update, Beshear outlined three important requirements within the new executive order:

  • Landlords must give tenants 30 days notice of their intent to evict for nonpayment of rent.
  • During those 30 days, the landlord and tenant must meet and confer. (Gives landlords and tenants a chance to work out agreements.)
  • No penalties, late fees, or interest can be charged relating to nonpayment of rent from March 6 through Dec. 31.

"These are a couple of rules of the road that give everybody the time to come to what we believe is a good agreement," Beshear said. 

According to Beshear, the $15 million "Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund" will be another source of aid to help tenants and landlords in negotiations to keep them in their homes.

 "It will reimburse eligible landlords for missed rent payments and give them some advanced rent, and keep tenants in that home where they can be safe and healthy," said Beshear.

Beshear says the new "Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund" is a fair system that addresses three main concerns:

"Number one, wanting to make sure that people aren't out on the street. Number two, wanting to make sure that these landlords aren't bankrupted - are also being treated fairly. And then number three, making sure that as people come out of this they don't have so much debt for their housing situation that they can't ever dig out."

The Kentucky governor said that in the coming days, more information on the "Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund" would be released.

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