In this March 12 photo, Gov. Tony Evers declares a public health emergency due to the coronavirus with Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm (left),  Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, and Brig. Gen. Joane Mathews. (Photo © Andy Manis)
In this March 12 photo, Gov. Tony Evers declares a public health emergency due to the coronavirus with Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm (left), Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, and Brig. Gen. Joane Mathews. (Photo © Andy Manis)

Order does not end obligation to pay rent or mortgage if you’re able

Gov. Tony Evers has temporarily suspended evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The order itself can be found here.

In a release from the Governor’s office, Evers says, “The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for any reason unless failure to proceed with the eviction will result in an imminent threat of serious physical harm to another person and mortgagees from commencing civil action to foreclose on real estate for 60 days. Wisconsinites who are able to continue to meet their financial obligations are urged to do so. This order does not in any way relieve a person’s obligation to pay their rent or mortgages. 

“During this time individuals, families, and small businesses may see disruptions in paychecks due to losing hours, tips, business, or employment. This is another step we can take to prioritize the health and safety of Wisconsinites during this public health emergency,” said Gov. Evers.

The announcement continues, “Evictions and foreclosures pose a direct and serious threat to the health and well-being of Wisconsinites, ensuring they are able to keep a roof over their heads and those in social services can prioritize assisting those who currently do not have shelter is critically important.”