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Legally Brief: Indiana’s Moratorium on Evictions Extended to June 4, 2020

Although not specifically announced in the Governor’s recent address, it is important for programs and survivors to know that Indiana’s moratorium on evictions has been extended to June 4, 2020.

Key Points:

  • Indiana’s public health emergency was declared on March 6, 2020.
  • Because of the public health emergency and Indiana’s “Shelter in Place” directive, on May 19, 2020, Governor Holcomb ordered a moratorium on residential evictions for the duration of the public health emergency.
  • On May 1st, 2020, Governor Holcomb extended Indiana’s public health emergency to June 4, 2020 and specifically extended all other orders to that date as well.
  • The link to the eviction moratorium Executive Order is here: https://www.in.gov/gov/files/EO_20-06.pdf
  • This means that no evictions or foreclosure actions may be initiated during this public health emergency, which is set to expire June 4, 2020.
  • This Executive Order does NOT relieve any individual of their obligation to pay rent, make a mortgage payment or comply with their obligations as tenants or mortgagees.
  • Federally subsidized housing (HUD) is under a similar eviction moratorium under the Federal CARES Act and expires on July 24, 2020.
  • NO extra fees or penalties may be imposed during these state and federal eviction moratoriums.
  • This does NOT preclude the removal of respondents pursuant to an emergency protection order filing.

IF you are working with a survivor who is being wrongfully evicted, contact ICADV Legal Counsel Kerry Hyatt Bennett at kbennett@icadvinc.org

 

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