Coronavirus: Saskatchewan suspends evictions during state of emergency

The Saskatchewan government says it is temporarily suspending eviction hearings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting Thursday, the Office of Residential Tenancies (ORT) will not be accepting applications for evictions related to missed or late rent or for other non-urgent claims.

Additionally, previous eviction orders for non-urgent matters that are not related to health and safety concerns will not be enforced. All scheduled hearings for non-urgent matters were cancelled on Thursday.

“Under the circumstances, we want to ensure that tenants facing hardship as a result of COVID-19 can remain in their homes and follow all orders and recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer,” said Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan in a statement.

“An essential part of flattening the curve is staying home and self-isolating. We want to provide peace of mind that those taking the necessary precautions as a result of this unprecedented situation will still have a roof over their head.”

Tenants who are unable to pay their rent during the state of emergency will be expected to pay their rent in full once the state of emergency is over.

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