The eviction delay will officially end on July 31, 2021.
There are steps you can take NOW to stay in your home. The eviction moratorium prohibits a landlord from removing a covered tenant from a residential rental property for non-payment of rent before July 31, 2021. The moratorium prohibits any action by a landlord, owner, or other person to remove or cause the removal of a covered tenant from the residential property for non-payment of rent.
If you are covered by the eviction moratorium you must:
● Sign a declaration under oath stating that you are protected by the moratorium.
● Give a copy of the signed declaration to your landlord or property manager.
● Keep a copy of the signed declaration for your records.
● If an eviction has been filed against you in court, provide a copy of the declaration to the judge at your court date.
● ALL adults in the home should sign a declaration.
The declaration is signed under oath and under penalty of perjury. If you do not understand anything in the declaration, you should speak with a lawyer before signing it.
⇒ The declaration is available in multiple languages here.
The Restore Hope Ministries (RHM) COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is a rental assistance program designed to provide relief to low- and moderate-income households residing in the following Oklahoma counties: Tulsa, Ottawa, Craig, Nowata, Washington, Osage, Pawnee, Rogers, Mayes, Delaware, Adair, Cherokee, Wagoner, Creek, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, McIntosh Muskogee, Haskell, Sequoyah that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. ERAP can assist with up to 12 months of past due rent as well as up to 3 months of future rent.
⇒ Apply online here.
Contact Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc (LASO) immediately if you received a 5-day notice to pay or leave or an eviction notice (summons). There is currently a team of LASO attorneys assisting all tenants at no charge at eviction court. Do not wait to contact LASO. The sooner you are able to connect with an attorney the longer they have to explain the process and explore your legal options. There are always LASO attorneys present at the Tulsa County Eviction Docket to help tenants at no charge.
⇒ Apply for services here.
Mediation is a free resource for both landlords and tenants. You can sit down with a neutral trained mediator and try and reach a mutually beneficial agreement with your landlord without the need for an eviction filing. You can request mediation any time and do not have to wait for a case to be filed against you.
⇒ You can request mediation here.
As the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ripple across our nation, an escalating foreclosure crisis among FHA-insured borrowers is reaching a cataclysmic point impacting hundreds of thousands of borrowers. Many homeowners are struggling and unable to make mortgage payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you or someone you know are one of the many FHA-borrowers in communities across the country having difficulty paying your mortgage due to the pandemic, we urge you to act now.
⇒ Learn more here.
As the moratorium comes to a close, we are working to get as much information out to the community as possible. Feel free to use these flyers and social media graphics to help us spread the word. Sample messaging is below.