Governor Kelly announces Executive Order to ­temporarily prohibit evictions and foreclosures

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TOPEKA, Kan. (Release from Office of Gov.) – Governor Kelly on Tuesday announced Executive Order #20-06 to temporarily prohibit evictions and foreclosures across the state in an effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

Due to negative economic impacts of COVID-19, Governor Kelly and her administration decided to take steps to support Kansans who may miss mortgage or rent payments as a result of lost wages and other income.

“We understand that this pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for people across the state,” Kelly said. “Kansas families need our support, and my administration is committed to doing everything it can to make sure Kansans can stay in their homes and businesses. It’s a necessary step to further protect Kansans’ health and safety.”

The Executive Order temporarily prohibits all financial institutions operating in Kansas from initiating any mortgage foreclosure efforts or judicial proceedings, and any commercial or residential eviction efforts or judicial proceedings until May 1, 2020.

This order comes after a State of Disaster Emergency for the State of Kansas was proclaimed by Kelly on March 12, 2020.

Kansas Executive Order 20-06 on evictions

KOAM reached out to the owner of Mid-America Properties in Pittsburg which rents homes and apartments, as well as commercial property. He says he’s sympathetic to the governor’s executive order, but wants more details.

“I just hope that it doesn’t become an excuse. Now everybody’s going to know after today’s announcement by the governor, and I hope it doesn’t become an excuse to not pay rent for the next month or two,” said Norman Miller, owner of Mid-America Properties.

Miller says he thinks there should be proof someone has lost their job or a major income source, in order to be shielded from eviction.

He says he has a lot of employees that he has to think about as well, and needs income to pay them.

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