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Whitmer extends suspension of evictions, creates process for rental assistance

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Posted at 3:49 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 15:50:06-04

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday extending the temporary suspension of evictions until July 15 and creating the Eviction Diversion Program.

The program outlines a process for Michigan residents to get quick rental assistance or establish a manageable payment plan, as well as provides lump sum payments for landlords, according to the governor’s office.

Landlords who allow tenants to stay in their homes, forgive late fees and up to 10% of the amount due will be eligible for the payments.

Tenants whose back payments aren’t fully covered by the program will be able to make manageable payments.

The Eviction Diversion Program will be available through July 16.

“No Michigander should have to worry about losing their home during a global health pandemic and, at the same time, landlords and management companies need rent from their tenants to sustain their businesses,” Whitmer said in a news release.

Read the full executive order here.