Foreclosure and Eviction Suspensions and Related Emergency Orders

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Alabama

No state executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.

Alaska

No state executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.

Arizona

No state executive orders related to foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.

Arkansas

No state executive orders regarding foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.

California

On March 16 Governor Newsom issued an order permitting localities to take whatever means necessary to promote housing security and stability. 

  • Fresno – On March 19 the Fresno City Council suspended all evictions resulting from circumstances caused by the outbreak. 
  • Los Angeles – On March 15 Mayor Garcetti issued an order prohibiting evictions. 
  • San Francisco – On March 13 Mayor Breed issued an order prohibiting evictions. 
  • Santa Ana - On March 19 City Manager Kristine Ridge imposed a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial foreclosures and on evictions for nonpayment of rent due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Colorado

No state executive orders regarding foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd, but on March 16 Mayor Hancock announced Denver will be temporarily redeploying sheriff deputies away from evictions to other areas.

Connecticut

No state executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd, but the Connecticut Superior Court has ordered an immediate stay of "all issued executions and ejectments" through March 27.  Connecticut is a strict foreclosure state and an "execution of ejectment" is issued after a judgment in favor of a foreclosing party.  Conn. Gen. Stat. § 49-22(a).

 

Delaware

On March 24, Governor Carney issued an emergency order suspending all residential mortgage foreclosures and residential evictions.  The suspension will remain in place until Delaware's state of emergency is terminated.  On March 17, the Delaware Justice of the Peace Court rescheduled all eviction proceedings for a date not earlier than May 1.

Florida

The state has not issued emergency orders related to foreclosures as of March 30th, but local authorities have suspended evictions in certain locations:

  • Miami-Dade – On March 12, the police department announced suspension of all eviction activities until further notice.
  • Orange County (Orlando) – On March 16, the sheriff's office announced suspension of eviction activities until further notice.
  • Hillsborough County (Tampa) – On March 18, the sheriff ordered suspension of any eviction proceedings.

Additionally, several state courts have suspended foreclosures and evictions:

  • 4th Judicial Circuit (Duval County, Jacksonville) – On March 19 suspended foreclosure sales or execution on any writ of possession or writ of eviction until April 3.
  • 15th Judicial Circuit (Palm Beach County, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach) – On March 24 cancelled all scheduled foreclosure sales until May 1, 2020.
  • 18th Judicial Circuit (Brevard and Seminole counties) - On March 19 suspended (1) all foreclosure sales, hearings, or nonjury trials and (2) all eviction, ejectment, writs of possession, or unlawful detainer proceedings until April 15. 

Georgia

The state has not issued emergency orders related to foreclosures as of March 23rd. On March 16, Atlanta imposed moratorium on residential evictions and filings by public housing authorities.

Hawaii

As of March 23rd the state has not issued orders related to foreclosures, but on March 17 the Hawaii Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division suspended all eviction activities until further notice.

Idaho

No state executive orders related to foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.

Illinois

The state has not issued emergency orders related to foreclosures as of March 23rd.  On March 13, the Circuit Court of Cook County (Chicago) imposed a moratorium on final judgments and executions of judgments in mortgage foreclosure proceedings.  The Cook County sheriff subsequently suspended all court-ordered evictions for 30 days. 

Indiana

On March 19, Governor Holcomb suspended all foreclosure and eviction proceedings until the designated state of emergency has ended.

Iowa

On March 20, Governor Reynolds suspended all evictions other than actions for forcible entry and detainer by force, intimidation, fraud, or stealth. 

Kansas

On March 17, Governor Kelly ordered all financial institutions operating in Kansas to suspend initiation of: (1) any mortgage foreclosure efforts or judicial proceedings; and (2) any commercial or residential evictions efforts or judicial proceedings until May 1, 2020.

Kentucky

No state executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd. On March 16, the Supreme Court of Kentucky cancelled all eviction proceedings until April 10.

Louisiana

No state executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.

Maine

  • No state executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.
  • On March 18, Maine's Judicial Branch issued an emergency order suspending new or pending eviction/landlord tenant and foreclosure cases until May 1, 2020. However, for eviction cases in which judgment has been entered, the courts are still issuing writs of possession, and in most counties, the sheriff's departments are still serving the writs.

Maryland

On March 16, Governor Hogan issued an emergency order suspending evictions until the expiration of the state of emergency.  The Baltimore County Sheriff has suspended all evictions during the state of emergency in Balitmore County.

Massachusetts

No state executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd. On March 13, the state's Housing Court issued a temporary standing order suspending its cases (including evictions) until April 21.

Michigan

On March 20, Governor Whitmer issued an executive order temporarily suspending evictions until April 17. On March 16, the 36th District Court (Detroit) issued a moratorium on evictions. Also, on March 13, local courts in Detroit suspended non-emergency evictions.

Minnesota

On March 23, Governor Walz issued a moratorium on certain eviction proceedings.

Mississippi

No state executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.

Missouri

The state has not issued emergency orders related to foreclosures as of March 23rd, but on March 19 St. Louis announced a moratorium on evictions.  

Montana

No state executive orders regarding foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.

Nebraska

No state executive orders regarding foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.

Nevada

On March 29, Governor Sisolak issued an emergency directive suspending eviction and foreclosure actions involving residential or commercial real estate.  The emergency directive will remain in effect until the governor terminates Nevada's state of emergency order.   

  • Clark County (including Henderson and Las Vegas) - on March 17, courts suspended eviction and unlawful detainer proceedings.

New Hampshire

On March 17, Governor Sununu suspended all foreclosures and evictions for the duration of New Hampshire's state of emergency.

New Jersey

On March 19, Governor Murphy issued an emergency order staying the enforcement of all judgments related to foreclosure or eviction.  The order also prohibits removal of any resident in connection with a foreclosure or eviction.  The order does permit initiating or continuing foreclosure and eviction proceedings but that enforcement of all judgments for possession, warrants of removal, and writs of possession shall be stayed while the order is in effect.

 

New Mexico

The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered a temporary moratorium on evictions for inability to pay rent. 

Last updated 3/24/20.

 

New York

On March 20 Governor Cuomo suspended enforcement of any residential or commercial tenant evictions and foreclosures of any residential or commercial property. On March 22, the Chief Administrative Judge Marks issued an order suspending all non-essential court filings following his memo on March 15 clarifying essential function in various courts and suspending residential evictions, court-ordered auctions, and residential foreclosure proceedings.

  • New York City – Through a posting on its website, the New York City Housing Court announced there will be no evictions from March 16, 2020 until further notice.
  • Buffalo - On March 17, the city announced suspension of residential and commercial evictions until further notice.

North Carolina

No state executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd. On March 13, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued an order postponing non-essential court proceedings, which includes evictions and foreclosures, for 30 days.

North Dakota

No state executive orders regarding foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.

Ohio

No state executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.

  • On March 19, Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) suspended foreclosures for 60 days.
  • On March 16, the Franklin County (Columbus) municipal court suspended eviction hearings for 3 weeks.
  • Effective March 16, in Hamilton County (Cincinnati), all civil matters set before any judge may be continued for at least 30 days in the judges' discretion.
  • The Lucas County (Toledo) municipal court is suspending all evictions and lock-outs through May 1.

Oklahoma

  • No state executive orders regarding foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.
  • On March 16, sheriff of Oklahoma County (located within Oklahoma City) announced suspension of all foreclosure sales.
  • Evictions are suspended in Tulsa County until April 15 at the earliest.

Oregon

  • On March 22, Governor Brown issued an executive order placing a 90-day moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment of rent.
  • On March 17, Multnomah County (Portland) issued a moratorium on evictions. 

Pennsylvania

No state executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd. On March 18, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended evictions through April 3.

  • On March 22, Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) courts suspended evictions through April 14.
  • Effective March 16, Philadelphia Municipal Court will not perform any evictions for a two-week period.

     

Rhode Island

 On March 19, Governor Raimondo ordered state courts not to process evictions for thirty days.

South Carolina

No state executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.  On March 17, the South Carolina Supreme Court postponed scheduled evictions to after May 1.  The Supreme Court also prohibited new evictions from being initiated until further notice and new foreclosures pending further order.

 

South Dakota

No state executive orders regarding foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.

Tennessee

No state executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd. On March 17, the Davidson County (Nashville) Sheriff placed evictions on hold until further notice.

Texas

  • No state executive orders regarding foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.
  • On March 19, the Texas Supreme Court postponed evictions through late April.
  • On March 20, Dallas County (including Garland and Irving) suspended evictions for 60 days.
  • On March 17, Travis County (Austin) postponed evictions until May 8.
  • On March 17, El Paso County suspended evictions for 30 days.
  • On March 20, Collin County (Plano) courts postponed evictions until May 8.

     

Utah

No state executive orders related to foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.

Vermont

No state executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.

Virginia

  • No state executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.
  • On March 16, the Virginia Supreme Court entered an order suspending all nonemergency civil matters for 21 days.

 

Washington

The state has not issued orders related to foreclosures, but on March 18 Governor Inslee issued a moratorium on evictions.  On March 14 Seattle Mayor Durkan issued an order suspending evictions.  

West Virginia

No state executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.

Wisconsin

On March 27, Governor Evers issued an order directing state officials to suspend evictions and foreclosures for sixty days.

  • On March 22, the Wisconsin Supreme Court suspended all in-person proceedings until April 30.  All jury trials set to begin before May 22 are postponed.
  • On March 23, Milwaukee County courts suspended small claims cases (which include evictions) until April 3.  Foreclosure motions are suspended until after April 30.
  • On March 12, Dane County (Madison) courts suspended small claims cases (which include evictions) until April 17.

     

Wyoming

No state executive orders regarding foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.

Washington, D.C.

On March 17, the District Council issued an order halting evictions. 

Puerto Rico

No executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd, but on March 19 the United States District Court for the District of Puerto stayed all "eviction proceedings in foreclosure cases" until May 30, 2020. 

 

Guam

No executive orders suspending foreclosures or evictions as of March 23rd.