GENERIC: Keys in front door, house, housing

Gov. Whitmer signed an executive order on June 26 extending the temporary suspension of evictions until July 15.

The order also creates the Eviction Diversion Program that outlines a process for renters to get fast rental assistance or establish a manageable plan to individuals in their homes.

“No Michigander should have to worry about losing their home during a global health pandemic and, at the same time, landlords and management companies need rent from their tenants to sustain their businesses,” Governor Whitmer said. “This innovative new program will save lives, save money, and save businesses by keeping families in their homes and providing immediate financial relief to landlords for back rent they’re due.”

Under the order, $50 million of rental assistance will be made available in the form of lump sum payments to landlords in exchange for allowing tenants to remain in their homes, forgiving late fees and up to 10% of the amount due.

Tenants whose back rent is not completely covered by the program will be entered into manageable payment plans facilitated by the Supreme Court Administrative Order.

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