From the City of Tulsa:
The CDC eviction moratorium may end on March 31, 2021. While landlords may resume filing an eviction for non-payment of rent on April 1, 2021, filing an eviction may make it more difficult for landlords to receive rental assistance from the Tulsa County and City of Tulsa Emergency Rental Assistance Programs (ERAP). You do not need to file an eviction for a tenant to qualify for emergency rental assistance.
If a tenant has been evicted and removed, the landlord will not receive the financial assistance for that tenant. The Tulsa County and City of Tulsa emergency rental assistance programs are available to pay back and future rent to keep a tenant stably housed. There is no cap on the amount. But if the tenant has already been removed, the emergency rental assistance programs can no longer pay that tenant’s back rent to the landlord.
While the landlord may try to collect back rent through the eviction process, a survey by Housing Solutions in 2020 found 75% of landlords rarely or never collected eviction judgments from tenants for unpaid rent and court costs. But the Tulsa County and City of Tulsa emergency rental assistance programs can pay up to 12 months of back rent for eligible tenants. Filing an eviction for non-payment of rent will ultimately make it more difficult for landlords to receive assistance for the financial hardship they are experiencing due to lost rental income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistance also cannot be used to pay a landlord’s attorney fees associated with eviction.
The Tulsa County and City of Tulsa emergency rental assistance programs through Restore Hope (erap.restorehope.org) are currently accepting applications and anticipate payments will start being made directly to landlords by April 1, 2021. Attached to this email is additional information from Restore Hope about the Tulsa County and City of Tulsa emergency rental assistance programs. If you have any questions, concerns, or are experiencing any difficulty with the applications, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kristin Maun, Housing Coordinator, City of Tulsa.