Protecting Renters During the Pandemic: Reviewing Reforms to Expedite Emergency Rental Assistance, Virtual Hearing Before the Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, September 10, 2021   [open pdf - 20MB]

This is the September 10, 2021 virtual hearing on "Protecting Renters During the Pandemic: Reviewing Reforms to Expedite Emergency Rental Assistance," held before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services. From the opening statement of Maxine Waters: "[...] I understand the devastating impacts that evictions have on families, and I also understand how much landlords, particularly small, mom-and-pop landlords, are struggling because of unpaid rent. I also recognize that evictions increase the spread of COVID [coronavirus disease 2019], and have the potential to seriously set back our national economic recovery. [...] [T]he Expediting Assistance to Renters and Landlords Act of 2021, [...] is designed to make sure that individuals and families are not put out of their homes while this virus continues to harm communities across the country. This bill would allow landlords to apply directly for back rent they are owed, even if a renter is unresponsive, as long as the landlord provides notice and meets other conditions, including a requirement that tenants may not be evicted for at least 120 days, and that the landlords would be paid for those 120 days following the first request for assistance. The legislation would also require grantees receiving emergency rental assistance funds to accept attestations from tenants, and to provide funds directly to tenants when the landlord is unresponsive or refuses to participate." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Kadeem Morris, Margaret Salazar, David Schwartz, Gilbert Winn, and Diane Yentel.

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Serial No. 117-45
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