Renters across Mid-South could be facing eviction after moratorium ends

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — The nationwide eviction moratorium has kept many renters around the country from being evicted ended over the weekend.

It’ll affect thousands of people in Shelby County and across the Mid-South.

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It’ll be a very busy day for the folks down at the Shelby County Civil Courthouse.

Evictions could very well begin Monday with the moratorium being lifted Saturday.

According to realtor.com, the rent in Memphis jumped by more than 23% compared to last year.

The report analyzed the top 50 largest metros areas.

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With this moratorium being lifted it will affect thousands across Shelby County leaving them looking for new places to live and worst-case scenario, homeless.

We want you to know, THERE IS Help is still available for renters and landlords who need assistance.

You can get up to a full year of rent and utilities paid through the COVID-19 Rental and Utilities Assistance Program for eligible households.

The U.S. Department of Treasury granted a total of $28.2 million to the City of Memphis and Shelby County for the Emergency Rental Assistance program. The program will provide Shelby County residents direct financial assistance in the form of emergency rent and utility relief.

Funding for the program expires on Dec. 31.

For those who need help immediately, you can call 2-1-1 or text ‘HOME901’ TO 21000.

Approved applicants facing eviction will be prioritized for relief and paired with free legal assistance. Lawyers will attempt to settle rental arrearages on behalf of eligible applicants.

There’s help for landlords as well Landlords or property managers should be prepared to provide a current W9 and an up-to-date ledger showing amounts owed. Landlords must sign an agreement to participate in the program including abiding by the requirements of the program.