First Time Eviction Delays Leave Family On The Street

By Kimberly Marsh

Special to The Oklahoma Eagle

 

Brittany Ross is a single mother of two. Today, like many other Tulsa families that are facing eviction because of economic loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ross and her children found themselves without a home for the first time.

Eviction filings are expected to increase at the courthouse beginning on Aug. 25. Until that point, tenants who had been protected by the CARES Act moratorium and were given an additional 30-day period for rent payments to avoid eviction. Once payments are overdue, late fees are added, and court fees are also applied, increasing the tenant’s costs by hundreds of dollars.

Housing agencies in Tulsa who are working to assist Tulsa County residents who face eviction because of lost wages emphasize the importance of appearing in court and working with an attorney to represent them in court against the landlord attorneys.

Aside from the pandemic, Tulsa is ranked 11th highest in the nation for evictions, primarily from out-of-state property companies. These companies are always represented in court, while tenants are not specifically aware of their rights. For resources to contact if facing eviction, see the information adjacent to this story.

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