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Lifting of eviction moratorium leaves Flint landlord in limbo

Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 6:30 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - It's been a tough four months for Robert Montgomery who lives on a fixed income. He's a landlord with 6 properties in Flint.

“I got three properties that are 4-5 months behind and I don’t see anything getting better right now,” Montgomery said.

That 4-5 months in past due rent adds up to close to $8,000. It puts Montgomery between a rock and a hard place.

“People say their unemployment hadn’t come. Then they had to verify it. And some people aren’t getting it yet,” he said.

Montgomery knows the eviction moratorium has lifted, but he doesn't want to evict his tenants if he doesn't have to.

It's why he plans on applying for aid through the state's eviction diversion program for tenants and landlords.

"I'm all for it, but I really don't know how it's going to work. There's a lot of question marks."

And because of that uncertainty and the uncertainty of how COVID-19 may play out the rest of summer and fall, Montgomery decided to make some lifestyle changes.

"I moved from a 5 bedroom 3 bath house and downsized so I wouldn't be affected as much."

Now the hope is that Montgomery's tenants start paying their past due rent.

He’s also hopeful the eviction diversion program will approve his application and act swiftly.

Eviction notices, he said are a last resort.

“I want people to know that landlords are affected greatly by this Covid. Other jobs have been affected also, but they’ve been compensated, and I wish the landlords would be compensated also.”

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