Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration reiterated that he will not extend his executive order halting evictions and foreclosures in Pennsylvania because of legal limits that prevent him from taking further action.
In a statement, Wolf’s office said it explored the possibility that it could build off of the Federal Housing Administration’s Thursday extension of its national foreclosure and eviction moratorium through December.
“But after a thorough legal review, we have determined that the governor cannot extend the executive order to reach additional Pennsylvanians who are not benefiting from the federal extensions and a legislative fix is necessary in order to protect homeowners and renters from eviction,” Wolf’s office said.
The Federal Housing Administration’s moratorium protects homeowners with FHA-insured single family mortgages.
Housing advocates predict a rush to Pennsylvania’s courthouses and a wave of evictions once the moratorium expires.
Wolf, a Democrat, last week said he does not have the authority to extend the moratorium beyond August, and urged the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature to pass legislation to extend the statewide moratorium, which for almost six months has shielded renters from losing their homes for failing to pay rent during the pandemic.
Earlier Monday, Wolf briefly made it sound like he might reverse himself and extend it. Asked if he would, he replied, “you have to wait and see.”
The state House of Representatives returns to voting session Tuesday and the Senate was scheduled to return next week. Republicans have said they will discuss the matter, but gave no promises. … cont’d / read more