As the uncertainty continues and anxiety grows about the spread of COVID-19, the Hapco Board fully supports the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in suspending evictions and foreclosures through April 30, 2020, an action previously announced by the City of Philadelphia.
Addtionally, the City of Philadelphia Municipal Court’s landlord-tenant officer also announced a moratorium on all evictions for a two-week period beginning on Monday, March 16. The office of the landlord-tenant officer, however, will remain open to process new work. The landlord-tenant officer will contact landlords to reschedule evictions already scheduled during the two-week period.
More than ever, our home is our safe haven. We recognize the financial and emotional distress many families may feel in the coming weeks, and we at Hapco always strive to be a part of the solution.
Remind your tenants that Hapco always wants them to communicate with their landlords about any rent payment issues. And through mediation and education, Hapco works to keep tenants in their homes.
First Vice President Victor Pinckney and I were quoted this week on WHYY about landlords and tenants working together to get through this crisis: You can read the article here.
We also remind our Hapco community to heed the advice of government officials by avoiding crowds and following local health department protocols, social distancing, sanitizing all surfaces and proper handwashing.
Hapco offices will remain open, conducting business via email, fax or mail only. As always, we’re here to help. We will be communicating with the City and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation our expecation that any financial relief solutions include Philadelphia rental and investment property owners. That letter will be forthcoming to you shortly.
Finally, the City of Philadelphia is seeking the input of all business owners about the impact of COVID-19. We strongly suggest that you complete this survey.
Together, we’ll endure these challenging times!