A bill would ban evictions without cause in many settings and would extend requirements that rent increases be fair and equitable.
Connecticut legislators must decide soon whether to act to protect tens of thousands of at-risk renters.
Last week marked the.third consecutive week of increases in applications approved and dollars paid for pandemic rental relief in Connecticut.
If signed into law, Connecticut will become one of the first states to provide right to counsel.
The state moratorium hasn’t completely eliminated evictions, which are now at about half the level they were before the pandemic.
The state plans to quadruple the number of people processing applications and reduce the amount of required paperwork.
As of this week, 5,800 households have qualified rental aid meant to serve 5,000.
Extending the ban on evictions will require Lamont to declare a new public health emergency or seek legislative support.
The funding was supposed to help 2,500 people pay rent, but 3,900 people have qualified – so far.
The federal moratorium on evictions is also ending Friday, and state protections lapse soon after.