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Detroit Eviction Defense

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State officials say evictions in Michigan  in September and October were about half what they were during the same time period last year.

That's after the CDC issued an eviction ban for people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic and have been unable to obtain government assistance for rent.

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Monday was the first day in five months that Detroit’s 36th district court could start hearing eviction cases—though according to the court, hearings on some 200 eviction cases will not begin until at least next week. The court’s eviction moratorium lasted a full month longer than Michigan’s statewide moratorium.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer's executive order that placed a statewide moratorium on evictions lapsed on July 16th.  

A week later, federal unemployment payments of $600 a week ran out, after members of Congress failed to renew the benefits.

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Community organizations in Detroit are worried about Detroit residents facing evictions as a result of COVID-19. Governor Gretchen Whitmer did not extend the statewide moratorium on evictions, which ended Thursday morning.

On Thursday, the 36th District Court extended the moratorium on evictions in the city of Detroit through August 15th. 

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Update: 8:15 a.m. Friday, June 12: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is extending a ban on evictions through the rest of June for tenants and mobile home owners. The eviction ban was set to expire when Whitmer signed a new executive order expanding it until June 30.

Original post: Wednesday, June 10: A group of protesters caravanned through the streets of one Detroit neighborhood on Tuesday, demanding more relief for renters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The protesters called on Governor Gretchen Whitmer to extend the moratorium on evictions that's set to expire on Thursday. Whitmer has already extended it twice.

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A Detroit woman is fighting to win back her home of 40 years.

Wayne County foreclosed on Mary Sanders' home over about $1,200 in unpaid taxes and fees.

The home was purchased for $2,300 in a tax auction last fall by Chris Meyer, a California-based developer who owns CDM Real Estate, Inc., in Ann Arbor.

Sanders says she was unaware she owed outstanding taxes. Sanders, 80, also qualified for tax exemptions based on her age and income that she says she was not informed about.