Tenants who pay their rent late could soon have even less time before they're out on the streets. Some lawmakers from Mecklenburg County are pushing a bill that would shorten the eviction process in the state.
House Bill 802 aims to shorten the time period required to evict a tenant. In many cases it would require magistrates to make an eviction decision on the same day that evidence is presented in the case.
It would give tenants who want to appeal their cases less time to pay court costs. It would change the deadline from 20 days to 10 days.
Ken Szymanski of the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association said the bill would help landlords who sometimes have to wait as many as 45 days before the eviction process to complete.
"That apartment can't be marketed during the time that it's in limbo, because the asset is occupied," said Szymanski.
He said that loss is sometimes passed onto other renters.
"You have land cost, personnel cost, insurance taxes, stuff like that and rental loss is paid for in the rental rate, so rent might be $820 and it should be $800 if it's more of an efficient system," he said.
Salvation Army Shelter Director Doranda Metz said Thursday that she was concerned the plan would give struggling tenants even less time to make arrangements that keep them off the streets.
"We're always looking watching concerned about issues that would have people lose their housing when we might not be able to accommodate everyone's needs here in the community," said Metz.
We reached out to Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte. It said it helped 145 families last month that were facing eviction. July is maintaining the same pace. Bill 802 is currently in North Carolina's House.