All evictions are halted in PA

This current order is only for 2 weeks, and it mentions evicting people from their house, but unless I am missing something it doesn’t protect landlords from having their rental houses taken, you just cant kick the tenant or other occupant out. Hopefully this is just a blip and over very quickly. It wont take the bad tenants long to figure out that they can live for free in your house.


By order of the PA Supreme Court

Please see attached. Please be advised all Courts in Pennsylvania are closed and no evictions permitted. Matters can still be filed but no motions will be heard except emergencies. Thanks. John

Very Truly Yours,

John P. Corcoran, Jr.

Jones, Gregg, Creehan and Gerace, LLP
Office (412) 261-6400
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Citing covid-19, Pa. Supreme Court halts evictions, foreclosures statewide

Deb Erdley | Wednesday, March 18, 2020 4:33 p.m.


No landlord or bank can evict a tenant because of a failure to pay rent or mortgage payments for at least the next two weeks, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

“The Court is aware that the economic consequences of the covid-19 pandemic may cause individuals to suffer a loss of income, which in turn may delay rent payments, mortgage loan payments or the like,” states a portion of the emergency order made public shortly after 6 p.m.

Residents cannot be displaced or forced to leave by an officer or judicial official “at any level” until at least April 3. The decision was included in a broader order imposing statewide restrictions on court systems, including closing courts to the public and the suspension of all jury trials.

Earlier in the day, Senate Democrats had asked Supreme Court justices to halt all evictions and foreclosures until the covid-19 pandemic has passed.

The request, addressed to Chief Justice Thomas Saylor, went out Wednesday afternoon.
A number of cities and states across the country have already made similar moves. In North Carolina, the courts Monday stayed all such proceedings for the next 30 days, in order to reduce the flow of traffic in courthouses and slow the spread of the virus. In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday issued an order halting evictions, slowing foreclosures and halting utility shutoffs for residents there affect the virus.

In a letter to Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice, the caucus noted that courts in Montgomery County and Philadelphia have issued orders specifically staying all such proceedings until the public health crisis has ended.
Closer to home, courts have taken various approaches.

In Allegheny County, President Judge Kim Berkeley Clark signed an emergency order Monday that among other things, stayed evictions and foreclosures.
In Westmoreland County, President Judge Rita Hathaway said the district magisterial courts are accepting complaints for such action, but are not hearing them.
“I guess we were ahead of the curve,” Hathaway said.
A number of cities and states across the country have moved to halt such proceedings, for now.

In North Carolina, the courts Monday stayed all such proceedings for the next 30 days,t o reduce the flow of traffic in courthouses and slow the spread of the virus. In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday issues an order halting evictions, slowing foreclosures and halting utility shutoffs for residents there until May 31.

Newsom said people shouldn’t be forced from their homes by the virus.
The senators expressed similar sentiments in their letter to Saylor.
“Many people across the nation are being affected by the shutdown of businesses. For individuals and families, who often live pay check to pay check, these closures are forcing them to make the difficult decision of feeding their family or paying rent. During these times, the community looks to leaders like us to provide them peace of mind. You have shown the willingness to take action,” the senators wrote.

The letter said that a statewide order staying evictions and foreclosures would offer many individuals “the peace of mind they need during a confusing and scary time.”


Deb Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Deb at 724-850-1209, derdley@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

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