‘End the moratorium on evictions’: NC realtors association calls for Gov. Cooper to lift temporary ban on evictions

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — The N.C. Association of Realtors is calling for Gov. Roy Cooper to end the temporary ban on evictions two weeks early.

The moratorium is slated to expire on June 30. There is no word on whether or not Cooper plans to extend to moratorium past June 30.

In their statement, the realtors association says that the state’s economy has improved, but “small business housing providers continue to operate under severe restrictions.”

“Now more than ever, we need financially healthy housing providers to serve North Carolina’s growing housing needs,” the association said.

The statement reads:

As the country and North Carolina continue to make significant strides recovering from the
pandemic, the NC Association of REALTORS® is asking Governor Cooper to end the moratorium
on evictions in North Carolina. The Governor continues to adapt numerous pandemic related
emergency actions to reflect the current progress of North Carolina’s diminishing pandemic
emergency, including lessening mask mandates as well as business, event and school
reopenings. It is also time to adapt the ongoing moratorium on evictions and refocus efforts on
distributing the hundreds of millions of federal dollars that have been designated to states for
rental assistance.

North Carolina has seen an improving economy, with thousands of job openings and vaccines broadly available statewide. Businesses by and large are operating normally again, contributing to their and the state’s recovery. The same cannot be said for small business housing providers, who continue to operate under severe restrictions. But the improvements in conditions that have allowed the rest of the economy to open up should allow housing to do the same.  Asking small business housing providers to indefinitely suspend their ability to collect rent puts a disproportionate burden on their ability to participate in the economic recovery and has created a severe financial burden which threatens their businesses and livelihoods.  The Governor has recently touted the revamped NC HOPE 2.0 rental relief fund to assist those with true continuing COVID-related rental needs. With this safety net in place, it is unfair to extend this economic burden on small business property owners. Failing to transition to economic recovery will not only burden these individual businesses, but also could have the unintended outcome of preventing full recovery in the housing sector, a key North Carolina industry. Now, more than ever, we need financially healthy housing providers to serve North Carolina’s growing housing needs.”  

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