NC REALTORS® Government Affairs staff is pleased to announce the eviction moratorium, NC Executive Order 206, has expired.
This is long awaited news and relief for NCR property managers and their landlord clients. The Federal CDC order remains in place until the end of July. This means that tenants cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent if the cause of their inability to pay is due to Covid. However, the NC order was more extensive than the CDC order. It extended protections to more people and required landlords to actively solicit tenants to determine that their nonpayment of rent was COVID related by providing notice of the CDC and NC Orders. Therefore, ending the order gets landlords one step closer to finding relief after over a year of non-payment from some tenants.
It was the Governor’s intent to extend his order until the end of July. However, the efforts of NCR and the government affairs staff resulted in preventing the extension.
NCR advocacy efforts to end EO 206 are as follows:
- Staff and our lobbying team communicated directly and indirectly to the Executive Branch about our concerns with extending the order.
- NCR engaged outside legal counsel to send a demand letter to the Governor to let the order expire. That letter provided extensive legal analysis and arguments why the order was no longer justified by the law.
- We engaged with Treasurer Dale Folwell and other members of the NC Council of State (COS), explaining our position, and asking for their support to end the extension.
Ultimately, it was the last avenue that was successful. Six of the ten COS members voted against allowing the Governor’s order to be extended. With that vote, the current order will expire as planned today.
While support from the COS members was an essential part of ending the eviction moratorium. NCR applauds Treasurer Dale Folwell for immediately recognizing the need to end the moratorium and leading the efforts with his fellow COS members to make this happen.
We recognize that the pandemic has extensively impacted our property managers more than other members. While we were able to get the Governor to lift his initial moratorium last spring, the Federal decision in September to impose a national moratorium prevented any efforts for progress, particularly when the pandemic was still largely out of control. The recent decline of COVID numbers allowed us to push for removal of NC restrictions. We are very pleased that the NC restrictions have ended and grateful for the support of the COS members.