Oklahoma City Prepares For Eviction Wave


Wednesday, August 5th 2020, 7:06 pm
By: Karl Torp


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Oklahoma City is using some of its CARES Act money to help prevent evictions.

Legal Aid Services is signing up clients- at no cost to them- the day they go before the judge.

The federal moratorium on evictions was lifted in late July.

But tenants are still being given a 30 day period to stay in their homes after being given notice by landlords.

After that is when attorneys expect eviction cases to rise.

“In national studies when legal representation is involved on behalf of the tenants, the eviction rate plummets,” said Legal Aid Services Attorney Greg Beben.

Also on the 6th floor of the courthouse when there is an eviction docket, you'll find Community Cares Partners.

It's using CARES Act money from the state for eviction prevention.

Eligible tenants can get up to $3,600 for past and future rent payments.