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EXPLAINER: How might Michigan do without eviction safeguard?

Posted at 12:18 PM, Jul 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-30 12:18:29-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Federal protections against eviction are set to expire on Saturday and Michigan courts are preparing for an expected wave of landlord requests to kick out tenants who are behind in their rent.

It's still unknown how many struggling tenants might be made homeless by the lifting of the moratorium on evictions that was put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But recent census data paints a worrying picture, showing that about 80,789 Michigan residents, including 60,940 in the Detroit metropolitan area, said they felt they were likely to get evicted within two months.

Officials are trying to get the word out that financial and legal assistance is available.