BALTIMORE (WJZ) — For many of the thousands of Marylanders out of work, a fear of eviction is constant.
Melissa Blake is five months behind on her rent. She couldn’t find a job due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has part-time work at Days Inn Westminster but she said that doesn’t always cut it.READ MORE: Summer Surge: As Coronavirus Infections Rise In Maryland, Some Reveal Why They Won’t Get Vaccine; Hogan Says ‘Breakthrough’ Infections Under 1%
She fears eviction every second of the day.
“I don’t worry as much for myself or my husband as much as I worry about my son,” she said Thursday, wiping away tears.
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And now that a national eviction moratorium ended in August, renters have to pay back rent, too. The burden of rent weighs heavily on landlords, too.
“You’re spending more money to keep the properties clean and maintained and you’re losing money because you can’t collect rent,” said landlord, Benjamin Frederick III.
The CDC announced a new moratorium this week until December 31, 2020. But you must qualify, and Delegate Dana Stein said many won’t.READ MORE: Chaotic Pop-Up Block Parties Disrupt North Baltimore Neighborhood
In order to qualify, you must be unable to pay rent due to COVID, your earnings must be less than $99,000 in 2020.
The CDC eviction moratorium also doesn’t wipe away rent — renters are still responsible for paying it.
Housing Attorney, Zafar Shah, said renters are forced to feel two feelings: “One is fear of what’s going to happen and the other is confusion about what protections are available.”
For landlords and tenants, the following resources are available:
All tenants and landlords who are not corporations can speak to free attorneys at the Maryland District Court Self-Help Centers by clicking here.Lamar Jackson Tests Positive For COVID-19, Misses First Day Of Ravens Training Camp