Supreme Court Ends CDC’s Eviction Moratorium

(8/27) The Supreme Court’s decision means landlords are now able to evict tenants based on non-payment of rent, unless there is a local eviction moratorium in place. Landlords should consult with an attorney to determine any local restrictions on evictions.

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Emergency Rental Assistance Program Applications

(5/10) Pennsylvania counties have launched the Emergency Rental Assistance Program approved by the passage of the second federal stimulus bill in late December. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs (rev. 8/2/2021)

Most COVID-related rules directly affecting real estate have been rescinded by the state and Federal governments, including the CDC eviction moratorium, which expired on July 31. 

Remember that some municipal governments still have local restrictions on the books - often related to evictions - and some county court systems have instituted special eviction timelines that apply to tenants that have made applications to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. And of course there are still numerous rules in place covering specific types of interactions (e.g., wearing masks in health care facilities or on planes).

Pennsylvania's business mitigations orders expired on May 31, and the mandatory mask order expired on June 28. Businesses, of course, are still permitted to impose additional restrictions if they care to (as is always the case), and it is certainly possible that clients - particularly sellers - may wish to set certain restrictions as part of their business relationship.

Please read through our current FAQ for more information. These materials have been updated to reflect the current status of rules & restrictions. If there's something you remember hearing about that doesn't show up here, then it's likely not in place any longer.

Are masks still required?
Are there special rules for {fill in the blank situation}?
Could sellers refuse to let individuals into a property if they have not been vaccinated (agents, buyers, inspectors, etc.)?
Does HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) apply to real estate transactions?
How should we handle positive COVID-19 tests?
Is the eviction moratorium still in place?
Can I still take livestreamed education courses (pre-license, broker credit and/or continuing education) for credit?

Forms and Extension FAQs (rev. 6/21/2021)

Does PAR have a form to deal with transactional delays?
Who is the “notifying party” in the bottom section of PAR Form COVID?
Does PAR have a form to help protect against COVID-related liability issues?
Are agents required to screen clients, customers and vendors for COVID-related symptoms?
Whatever happened to PAR's Suggested Best Practices?

Vaccine FAQs - Brokerage Operations (5/15/2021)

Can brokers require that their workers get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Can brokers require agents to get vaccinated, even though most work as independent contractors?
Do brokers have to provide disability-based exceptions to a mandatory vaccine policy?
Do brokers have to provide religious-based exceptions to a mandatory vaccine policy?
Can brokers require proof of vaccination?
But...HIPAA!
Could a broker run a vaccination clinic at the office to get agents and employees vaccinated?

Financial FAQs

(9/8/21) The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry reminds everyone that the federal unemployment benefit programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), ended Sept. 4, 2021.

The state's regular unemployment compensation program and those receiving benefits from it are unaffected.

PUA provided unemployment benefits to individuals who are not typically eligible for unemployment compensation, such as gig workers and self-employed individuals. Individuals on the PUA program will cease to receive payments for weeks of unemployment after Sept. 4 unless they become eligible for the UC program.

Based on the many requests from members for answers to their eligibility for PUA, PAR forwarded the some of the most common questions received via social member and through PAR’s Legal Hotline. Recently, the state’s Department of Labor and Industry responded to PAR’s request for answers and clarification. Those questions and answers from the Department of Labor and Industry follow.

When will the PUA program end?
What if I receive a notice of overpayment?
What if I receive an audit inquiry from the Department of Labor and Industry?
What if I am notified that someone falsely filed for unemployment under my name?
Will I ever have to pay any of this money back?

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