Virginia tenants unable to pay their rent don’t need to worry about evictions.
Governor Ralph Northam signed the commonwealth’s updated biennial budget – House Bill 5005 – this week.
It forbids landlords from evicting tenants who don’t pay rent through December 31, according to a release from the Office of the Governor.
Property owners and renters are expected to work together and apply for the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP) that the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) runs. More information about the program is on the DHCD website.
Following the start of the new year, they must collaborate on acquiring rental assistance prior to moving forward with evictions.
The budget also sets aside Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) that aim to assist customers of utility companies who are struggling. Additionally, it prohibits utilities from being disconnected and protects utility companies whose revenue is being impacted.
Funding allocated to various entities through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act were approved, as well.
These funds include $220 million for kindergarten – through 12th-grade schools, $116 million for higher education, $70 million to support small businesses and non-profits, and $65.8 million for child care.