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Richmond halts evictions: 'No one should lose their home in the middle of a pandemic'

Posted at 1:41 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 13:41:30-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- No one should be evicted from their Richmond home or apartment while Virginia remains under a state of emergency, Mayor Levar Stoney announced Tuesday.

“After conversations with the Sheriff and her team, I've gotten assurance that no evictions will be executed during this state of emergency. The Sheriff has notified the landlords that the execution of all evictions will be halted," Mayor Stoney said. “

The mayor also called on Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority to extend its eviction freeze.

"It boils down to this: no one should lose their home in the middle of a pandemic," he said. "Responding to this challenge with speedy and just action requires compassionate decision-making on all levels. I urge all landlords to be understanding of the huge economic burden many workers bear due to COVID-19. We must work together and lift each other up.”