DeKalb County extends eviction moratorium

While the CDC eviction moratorium has expired, DeKalb County has extended its own eviction moratorium for another 60 days.

DeKalb County Superior Court Chief Judge Asha Jackson signed an emergency judicial order on Friday, July 30, creating a countywide eviction moratorium for 60 days following the expiration of the CDC moratorium.

“This emergency order is a Godsend,” DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said. “Without this local extension to the CDC moratorium, thousands of DeKalb residents faced the stark reality of having their belongings set out on the street in the midst of surging COVID-19 infection rates.”

Thurmond continued, “I am aware that this extension will increase the financial burden and stress on landlords, especially our mom-and-pop owners.”

To help ease that financial burden, Thurmond will present to the DeKalb Board of Commissioners on Aug. 3 a revised rental reimbursement proposal that would pay landlords 100% of all past due rent up to 12 months and three months prospective rents for eligible tenants.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, as of July 30, 1,366 cases of COVID-19 were detected in DeKalb County in the last two weeks, nearly tripling over the two weeks ending July 23 when there were 496 cases. In Georgia, there were 21,995 COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, up from 11,859 cases over the two weeks ending July 23.

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