Author: Kelsey Thompson
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin
AUSTIN (KXAN) — One day ahead of its May 1 expiration, Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Andy Brown extended the eviction moratorium through August 1. The order was established in March 2020 to help those facing financial issues due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Adjustments have been made to help with some of the backlogs in unpaid rent Austin landlords are facing. As of June 1, landlords will not be prohibited from filing a notice of eviction for tenants facing five or more months of unpaid rent and have “exhausted all rental assistance remedies,” per the announcement.
“We have used these eviction protections as an important tool to keep our community safe and housed as part of our COVID-19 response,” Brown said in the release. “We now have additional significant investments in rental assistance for tenants and landlords, and this modified order encourages our community to apply for rental assistance before someone can be evicted.”
“These eviction protections have helped us keep many people in their homes during this pandemic,” Adler said.