TULSA, Okla. — During the COVID-19 shut down the Tulsa County Court closed and stopped hearing eviction cases from March 16th, through May 31st.
Landlords not covered by the CARES Act could still file evictions, but would not get a hearing set until after the court opened back up on June 1st. Landlords receiving any federal funding are affected by the CARES Act.
That means they haven’t been able to file evictions for non-payment of rent since the CARES Act went into effect March 27.
That protection for tenants will end July 25th, at which time landlords can give notice for non-payment. Oklahoma law normally gives the tenant five days to pay or leave, but the CARES Act extends that to 30 days. That means the actual filing for an eviction can’t happen until August 25.
Landlords are usually guaranteed a hearing within ten days of that filing, but local landlord attorney Blaine Frierson says he’s been notified that because of the sheer volume expected, it will likely be weeks before his cases get hearings.
Legal Aid of Tulsa can help with several different things including evictions and navigating the unemployment application filing system: https://www.legalaidok.org/
Open Justice Oklahoma has tracked the numbers of evictions filed since many Oklahoma evictions were put on pause because of courthouse shut-downs: https://openjustice.okpolicy.org/blog/oklahoma-court-tracker/
Oklahoma landlord and tenant act: https://www.ok.gov/OREC/documents/2019%20Landlord%20Tenant%20Act%2011-01-18.pdf
University of Tulsa law students are doing a study on the injustices of evictions. See their findings here.
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