Wolf announces foreclosure and eviction protection through Aug. 31

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has extended his moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. That moratorium was set to expire tomorrow.

The governor has signed an executive order extending that moratorium through Aug. 31.

He says families need to know they’ll have a place to live during the COVID-19 pandemic, adding it takes one burden off people who are struggling, helping protect their health and wellbeing.

The protections do not necessarily forgive those payments. The governor's office says renters and homeowners are still to make payments if they can, adding anyone struggling to make payments should be reaching out to their landlord or mortgage company.

Eligibility information and applications for renters and homeowners is available on the PHFA website.

Evictions in Pennsylvania have been halted since March.

The protections do not apply to people who got federal CARES Act funding doled out by the Pennsylvania Finance Housing Agency, because people participating in that program have already agreed that they will not pursue foreclosure or evictions actions. 

In addition, the extended protections do not apply to any proceedings regrading property damage or illegal activity. 

Landlords and property owners’ groups have been fighting back against the moratorium, saying they’re having a hard time keeping up on their own payments, utilities, and taxes.

But calls to extend the moratorium have come from across the state, including in and around Philadelphia.

The city passed a moratorium through Aug. 31 last month, which Mayor Jim Kenney signed last week. Philadelphians can also apply for a new round of COVID-19 pandemic rental assistance.

On Wednesday, Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh publicly called on the governor to extend it statewide as well.