Governor moves to lift moratorium on evictions, foreclosures

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (Oliva Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday moved to lift Iowa’s moratorium on evictions and foreclosures as part of her plan to ease coronavirus restrictions.

“For our state, recovery means striking a balance between getting life and business back to normal while continuing to manage the virus activity,” Reynolds said Tuesday. “Our recovery is contingent upon our ability to protect both the lives and livelihoods of Iowans. We can’t prioritize one over the other.”

Advocates for low-income residents have warned that scores of people who have lost income during the pandemic could face eviction or foreclosure when the moratorium for nonpayment expires at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, the Associated Press reported. The American Civil Liberties Union and several other groups had asked the governor to extend the moratorium, which she first imposed March 19.

“Some landlords, however, had reported that they were struggling financially as renters stopped paying amid skyrocketing levels of unemployment,” the AP wrote.

“Reynolds said the moratorium was a temporary public health measure designed to keep people in their homes during the emergency and not intended to freeze people’s financial obligations indefinitely.”

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