Wolf won’t extend state’s eviction moratorium

02 Sep 2020 | 02:20

Pennsylvania. (AP) Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration reiterated Monday that he will not extend his executive order halting evictions and foreclosures in Pennsylvania because of legal limits that prevent him from taking further action. In a statement, Wolf’s office said it had explored the possibility that it could build off of the Federal Housing Administration’s extension last Thursday of its national foreclosure and eviction moratorium through December. “But after a thorough legal review, we have determined that the governor cannot extend the executive order to reach additional Pennsylvanians who are not benefiting from the federal extensions and a legislative fix is necessary in order to protect homeowners and renters from eviction,’’ Wolf’s office said. Wolf’s office suggested that it is on thin legal ice while fighting a challenge to the existing executive order on evictions, although its explanation has raised questions about what exactly prevents him from extending the moratorium, which for almost six months has shielded renters from losing their homes for failing to pay rent during the pandemic.