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August 25, 2020 10:20am

New rules on evictions and funding opportunities for tenants and landlords

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has announced new rules for eviction procedures in the Commonwealth, as the state and city of Louisville provide funding opportunities for tenants and landlords and other means to prevent evictions.

In a press conference yesterday, Governor Beshear introduced a new executive order that would require landlords to give tenants 30 days notice of a pending eviction for nonpayment of rent. In addition, the order requires the landlord and tenant to meet within that 30 day period with the goal of reaching an agreement. Landlords will also be prohibited from charging late fees or interest for delinquent rents from March 6, 2020, through December 31, 2020.

At the press conference, Governor Beshear also announced the state would be utilizing $15 million in federal CARES Act funds to establish a “Healthy at Home Eviction Fund to provide rental assistance to individuals financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Beshear stated that additional information on the fund would be forthcoming. The funds will not be available to Jefferson County residents because of other opportunities for rental assistance and eviction prevention. These opportunities include Louisville Metro’s Eviction Prevention COVID-19 Relief Fund and an eviction diversion pilot program┬áin Jefferson County established by the Kentucky Supreme Court.