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| May 28, 2020 1:00 AM

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, dozens of evictions are scheduled in courts across Idaho. Although the Idaho Supreme Court halted most evictions starting in late March because of the virus, that moratorium expired on May 1.

“The new federal CARES Act includes a moratorium on many evictions throughout the country, and it remains in effect until late July,” said Idaho Legal Aid Services attorney Alan Wasserman. “But determining when the new law applies can be a complicated question.”

He said with closed courthouses, court hearings held by telephone or video, and confusing notices to tenants, many families who are protected by the law are still facing eviction from their homes.

“That’s why, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Idaho Legal Aid Services has dedicated significant staff and financial resources to educate and advocate on behalf of tenants who, through no fault of their own, have found it difficult or impossible to pay their rent on time,” he said.

Free legal help is available for most tenants across Idaho facing eviction, Wasserman said.

If they are unable to pay rent and have received a notice from their landlord or a complaint for their eviction tenants can call Idaho Legal Aid Services’ statewide housing advice line for free legal advice and representation.

Idaho Legal Aid Services Housing Advice Line is 208-746-7541.