Gov. Wolf Modifies Executive Order on Foreclosure and Eviction Suspensions

HARRISBURG – On Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf amended his executive order protecting Pennsylvanians from foreclosure and eviction.

He amended the order to specify that the order only applies to evictions and foreclosures enacted due to lack of payment or because a tenant has overstayed a lease.

“I am protecting housing for Pennsylvanians who may be facing economic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Wolf.

“My order will not affect proceedings for other issues, such as property damage or illegal activity. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to continue abiding by the terms of their lease or mortgage.”

The executive order, signed by Wolf on May 7, suspends evictions and foreclosures until July 10.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court previously closed court eviction proceedings until May 11, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the suspensions, residents are required to continue making rent or mortgage payments or they may be subjected to past due balances and fees.

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