As the pandemic stretches on, landlords ask for help with tenant troubles

To get their money for the unpaid rent, the two could take advantage of new state programs designed to help renters and landlords. But if they take full payment of rent from the state, they must pledge not to evict the tenant, and that’s not something they’re willing to do. The two filed an eviction notice in August, though they said they haven’t received a response.

They’re willing to forgo the nearly $6,000 in unpaid rent in favor of having peace restored on their land.

“I just want her gone,” said McPhetres. “This is one property that will never be rented again.”

Despite repeated calls, the tenant could not be reached for comment.

Evictions blocked in Vermont and nationally

Mahmood and McPhetres make up a small subset of the Vermont landlords operating under rules created to counteract some of the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and economic shutdown.

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The Legislature enacted a law in May that imposed a moratorium on evictions to help tenants stay in their homes. Congress approved a national eviction moratorium as well in March. Though that has expired, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on Sept. 4 issued[1] a new national eviction moratorium effective Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.

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