Governor Lamont orders rental assistance covering COVID-19 losses

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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont passed an executive order on April 16 that allows university students housed off campus a grace period for paying their rent.  Photo by Eric Wang/The Daily Campus

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont passed an executive order on April 16 that allows university students housed off campus a grace period for paying their rent. Photo by Eric Wang/The Daily Campus

University of Connecticut students renting off-campus housing were granted a 60-day grace period to pay their rent this month per Executive Order No. 7X  by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont.

Gov. Lamont passed the executive order on April 16 detailing provisions made for Connecticut residents who “are experiencing or will experience a significant loss of income as a result of business closures, reduced work hours or wages or layoffs related to COVID- 19,” and are having difficulty paying their rent.

Connecticut landlords are prohibited to issue their tenants notices to quit until July 1, and are obligated to give their tenants a 60-day grace period to pay their rent in April, as well as in May upon request.

Tenants requesting a 60-day grace period to pay their rent in May must notify their landlords that they have “sustained a significant loss in revenue or increase in expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic” in writing before the ninth day after the rent is due.

As stipulated by the executive order, tenants also have the opportunity to apply any excess  amount of money over one month’s rent paid on their security deposits to their rents due in the months of April, May and June 2020.

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Conner Caridad is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at conner.caridad@uconn.edu.

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