More than 10,000 evictions pending in Shelby County

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For months, evictions have been on hold under the CDC’s eviction moratorium for renters who can prove they’ve been affected by COVID-19.

According to the CDC’s orders, landlords cannot evict someone for not paying their rent due to substantial loss of income and if they are trying their best efforts to pay rent but that’s set to end February 1.

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Joe Kirkland is the chairman of the Memphis Investors Group. He said landlords also have financial obligations.

“There are families who may be displaced because of this. Landlords have obligations to their mortgage holders, to the city and the county for taxes insurance and repairs,” said Kirkland.

Data from this year’s National Rent Report estimated the average one-bedroom rental in Memphis costs $980.00 and rent has gone up 6.7 percent since the pandemic started last March.

Right now, there are more than 10,000 evictions pending in Shelby County. Kirkland says it’s unfortunate some people have been unable to keep up with payments. He says most landlords are willing to work with tenants.

“Many of those have been deferred, and they have been settled and the courts just don’t know it. The landlords and the tenants have reached some agreement because it is in everybody’s best interest to do so,” said Kirkland.

But he said communication is key.

“If you can’t pay your rent to the landlord, you need to call your landlord. Explain the circumstances and start the discussion,” he said.

It’s still uncertain if Congress will make plans to extend the eviction moratorium however there is a discussion for the federal government to send out more stimulus money to help renters out.