Lexington landlords urged to hold off on evictions ahead of moratorium lift

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The decision on whether to evict tenants unable to pay rent will soon be up to landlords across the country.

Starting Sunday, the CDC’s eviction moratorium expires, but before then, Lexington housing officials urged landlords to hold off.

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Dozens of landlords in the city came out to a meeting Tuesday and aired a variety of grievances. One thing most say is the money is coming too slowly.

Property Manager Kathy Gibson and Landlord Ron Johnson were at the forum. They said out of their 70 tenants, 58 aren’t paying and they’re frustrated with being told to be patient.

“They’ve had a whole year of getting what they want, and now it’s time for us to get paid and we have to go through all these hoops and stuff in reference to us getting paid,” Johnson said.

Housing Director Jonathan Wright said he understands the frustration, and expects the system to run more smoothly and quickly from now on.

Catholic Action Center director Ginny Ramsey said she hopes landlords can wait a bit longer so the city’s homeless population doesn’t increase.

“If nothing else, we’re calling them to the sense of community because they see that we’re all in this together, and we do need that extra 30 days, possibly,” Ramsey said.

She said, though she’s hopeful, she expects a lot of evictions soon.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.