Governor Kelly Issues Executive Order on Evictions and Foreclosures in Kansas

Governor Kelly Issues Executive Order on Evictions and Foreclosures in Kansas

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has issued an executive order immediately staying the initiation of all new evictions and foreclosures. The declaration provides in pertinent part:

“I hereby direct and order all financial institutions operating in Kansas to temporarily suspend the initiation of any mortgage foreclosure efforts or judicial proceedings and any commercial or residential eviction efforts or judicial proceedings until May 1, 2020.”

For many small businesses and individuals, this order appears to provide welcome relief. Many small businesses have seen their revenue reduced or eliminated, and many workers, particularly in the service industry, are completely without income for at least the next month. This executive order was necessary to prevent a wave of commercial and residential evictions and foreclosures.

However, the order raises a host of questions. Does it apply to landlords who are not “financial institutions”? Do late fees and penalties constitute eviction “efforts”? What about eviction judgments that have already been issued but where the writ has yet to be executed? More broadly, does this declaration constitute a taking for which financial institutions must be compensated?

At Kennyhertz Perry, we advise our clients, whether they be banks, landlords, or small businesses, on these and other issues that arise in this unprecedented and rapidly evolving environment. Our combination of large law firm ability and small firm agility allow us to get our clients sound advice fast.

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