To the editor:
Prior to the federal eviction moratorium being overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, landlord cases in Guilford County had been falling on deaf ears inside the courtrooms as magistrates are seemingly lacking professionalism.
Landlords have not been getting the outcomes they were expecting, including possession or monies owed for legal evictions the property owners are entitled to. Although the CDC eviction moratorium prevented landlords from filing evictions for past due rent, cases where contracts with a clear end date or those with a 30-day notice provision have simply not been sustained.
As hardships have continued into a second year, the moratorium may be seen as a godsend for renters, but it has ultimately left landlords in limbo for months on end. There is a lack of comprehension somewhere along the line that leads renters to believe they do not have to pay rent or they can legally hold over despite what their rental agreement states. To make matters worse, small claims courts are just as clueless when it comes to enforcing the moratorium, the legality of it and what a lawful eviction consists of amid the pandemic.
Magistrates in Guilford County would rather pass a case from judge to judge than to handle the eviction cases head-on and do what needs to be done to uphold a legally binding contract. There have been neither solutions nor impartiality toward landlords in Guilford County due in part to the confusion that lies in interpreting the moratorium. Perhaps now that the halt on evictions has been overturned, magistrates ought to not delay lawful eviction proceedings any further.
Laura M. Cano