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Gov. Beshear announces new executive order on evictions, Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund

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Posted at 4:33 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 17:17:41-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Governor Beshear has announced a new executive order for Kentuckians facing eviction.

In the executive order, landlords must give tenants at least 30 days of notice with their intent to evict for nonpayment of rent. During those 30 days, the landlord and tenant must meet and confer, which gives landlords and tenants a chance to work out an agreement.

No penalties, late fees, or interest can be charged relating to the nonpayment of rent from March 6 through December 31, 2020.

Governor Beshear has also announced the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund, which uses $15 million to reimburse eligible landlords for missed rent payments and give them some advanced rent so tenants can stay in their homes.

The governor says the fund will be used to prevent evictions in 119 of Kentucky's 120 counties. Jefferson County has its own COVID-19 eviction prevention fund to assist landlords and tenants.

On September 8, Kentuckians will be able to submit their applications to receive assistance. Information on how to apply has yet to be announced.

People with any questions can call the 24/7 toll-free Kentucky COVID-19 Legal Aid Helpline at (833) 540-0342 or visit kycovidlegalhelp.org.

For lawyers who want to volunteer to provide direct legal assistance to Kentuckians in need, visit togetherlawyerscan.org.