But landlords, who argued they had to pay bills too, hailed the end of the moratorium.
Tommie Conwill, who has rented the house next to hers near Festus for 30 years, said Friday she doubts she will ever get a dime from tenants who haven’t paid rent in seven months. She was able to legally expel them in March for damaging their property.
“Seven months without paying anything and all the while getting stimulus money,” said Conwill, 83. “I could have got her out in the second month, but because of the moratorium I couldn’t legally touch her. This is the worst thing the government has ever done. “
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On Friday, St. Louis Circuit Court presiding judge Michael Stelzer issue an order to lift the court ban about the eviction procedure. It’s not clear how many local people are lagging behind and homeless, but nationally an estimated 3.5 million families reported in early August that they would face eviction within the next two months, according to the US Census Bureau.
Meanwhile, Jones urged evicted city tenants to get help applying for allowances at walk-in clinics, the next week of Horizon housing, 3001 Arsenal Street and Wohl Recreation Center, 1515 North Kingshighway. In the past two weeks they have helped with around 200 applications, said the mayor’s office.