Biden urges state and local leaders to postpone evictions while rental aid is distributed

Montana Legal Services Association counts increase in open housing cases

By: - August 2, 2021 5:51 pm

President Joseph Biden addressing America on the first anniversary of the COVID pandemic (White House pool feed)

Turnbow, who manages a program called the Montana Eviction Intervention Project, said the association provides lawyers for tenants who are facing eviction, and reaching out sooner rather than later is helpful. She said the lawyers help review paperwork and can often negotiate for a tenant to have more time or pay a lower amount of fees.

“We get a lot of calls every week from people facing eviction,” Turnbow said. “Thats’ been happening during the entire moratorium. In Montana, you can face a no cause eviction, so while people could be behind in rent, and we have seen evictions for individuals behind in rent that still end up in court, you can also be evicted for no cause.”

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Ariana Figueroa
Ariana Figueroa

Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.