Eviction plan isn’t enough for landlords or tenants

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — When evictions resumed last week the state and Lexington both released plans to keep people healthy at home while keeping landlords in business.

We know it hasn’t been enough yet to satisfy tenants with groups rallying outside court in protest.

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We found out it’s not enough for landlords either.

Protesters ask if the pandemic is ongoing why are people getting evicted?

“The spikes are going up and there’s more people getting sick with it,” says Brandi Carter whose been evicted in the past. “Now what if they start evicting people and places start shutting back down, that’s more people on the streets and I just don’t think that’s right.”

She knows what the process of eviction is like.

“Without the help of other people its hard to tell if we would be on the streets,” says Carter. “Me and my husband had nothing at the time.”

Pre-pandemic, the eviction process required one court appearance. The judge could ask the tenant to move out in 7 days.

But the state Supreme Court just issued an order extending the process requiring two court appearances and a 14-day pause before trial can be set, allowing landlords and tenants time to access available rental assistance.

Attorney Stephen Marshall says that won’t help the landlords he represents.

“Time is money for landlords,” says attorney Stephen Marshall. “When they get a tenant behind in rent they need an eviction process that is streamlined.”

“If you get one, two, three of those folks who aren’t paying or five months that’s a significant strain,” says Carter. “They are losing their livelihoods.”

Marshall says anyone being evicted now, would’ve been anyway pandemic or not but he says landlords are working with people covid-19 has impacted financially.

That’s what the Lexington Housing Justice Collective says it’s asking for, more time for people who need a safe place to stay especially right now.

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Christy Bollinger joined the ABC 36 news team as a reporter in March 2018. Christy comes from a little western Kentucky town called Cadiz. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May 2017 with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Criminology. Christy is thrilled to be working at her dream job in her home state. She is passionate about storytelling and you can see her weekdays on ABC 36 News at 5 and 6 p.m. She's covered everything from visits from the sitting president and vice president, to high-profile murder cases. When not chasing stories, Christy loves nothing more than being at the beach and says life is just better with sand between your toes and waves crashing at your feet. She is also a big animal lover. She's a fur momma and her mini-Australian Shepherd, Milly, standard Australian Shepherd, Bennie, and her Maine Coon, Cheeto, are the loves of her life. Christy encourages you to send her any story ideas you may have. Find her on Facebook at Christy Bollinger ABC 36, tweet her @ChristyB_news, or email her at CBollinger@wtvq.com.