Evictions resume in Bibb County despite some federal protections


Beau Cabell

Furniture and other belongings sit at the curb after the Magistrate Court Sheriff’s office supervised a court ordered eviction on Del Park in late January 2019.

Bibb County tenants and property owners are once again heading to court for eviction cases even as confusion over federal protections persists.

While Gov. Brian Kemp never issued a statewide eviction ban, some Georgians received protection from evictions under the CARES Act. From late March to July 25, tenants who participated in federal housing assistance programs or who lived in property with federally backed mortgages could not be forced from their homes.

On Sept. 4, the federal government through the CDC and Department of Health and Human Services issued a temporary halt on evictions through the end of the year in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. However, the order only applies to people making less than $99,000 a year who would have no place to live or would be forced to live in close proximity with other people if evicted, and various jurisdictions are interpreting the order differently.

Tenants technically only need to file a declaration to halt eviction proceedings. Five temporary halts under the CDC’s order have been sought in Bibb County.

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