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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 27, 2020 05:53 PM
From: Senator Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Eviction protection for all disaster emergencies
As we take all possible protective measures to prevent the spread of Covid 19 we must begin to mitigate the economic impacts of the shutdown on our constituents.
With my colleague Representative Mary Isaacson, I am introducing legislation which will make it illegal to evict someone suffering unemployment due to an emergency disaster declaration.
Nothing in this legislation prevents any penalties from occurring or incentivizes tenants who are able to pay through unemployment or workman’s compensation to fail to pay rent, however, it does encourage landlords to work with tenants to get through these emergencies and prevents compounding the issue by increasing homelessness.

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Introduced as SB1111