The statewide moratorium on evictions ends July 1, following a vote of the North Carolina Council of State not to extend the moratorium for another month.
Most of the executive orders issued by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper during the COVID-19 emergency have been by Cooper alone. However, the eviction moratorium required the concurrence of the Council of State, which is made up of Gov. Cooper, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, Attorney General Josh Stein, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, State Treasurer Dale Folwell, State Auditor Beth Wood, Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, Commissioner of Insurance Mike Causey, Commissioner of Labor Josh Dobson and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt.
The vote split along party lines with Democrats Cooper, Stein, Marshall and Wood supporting the extension to July 31 and Republicans Robinson, Folwell, Troxler, Causey, Dobson and Truitt voting against the extension.
The eviction moratorium went into effect on Sept. 4, 2020, and was most recently extended in March.
In a press release, Folwell said, “Letting this order expire pushes the power back to the people to make these types of decisions. What was originally an act of COVID now exists solely as an act of the state. Now, property owners can work with tenants on equitable solutions that are unique to each situation without a ‘one-size-fits-all’ government-mandated order. In turn property owners – especially small property owners – will feel more confident in making more housing available. Because they know they have a much higher probability of recouping their costs for mortgage payments, property taxes, maintenance and repairs.”
Although the state mandated moratorium on evictions will end July 1, some North Carolina renters will retain protection from eviction based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eviction moratorium that was recently upheld by the US Supreme Court.
Renters with questions may get help by calling (800) 569-4287 or going online to get contact information for a North Carolina Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved counselor here HUD.