Legal advocacy group aims to close loophole in state eviction moratorium

A legal advocacy group is working to close a loophole that allows landlords to evict tenants despite the State Supreme Court's moratorium on evictions. 

“That's a public health issue,” said Tom Prettyman, with New Mexico Legal Aid. Prettyman, who is the managing attorney for the Albuquerque Office for New Mexico Legal Aid, said the state Supreme Court’s decision to pause evictions was meant to help everyone. 

"Because when you put people out on the street, or you force them to move into shelters, or you force them to double up with relatives, or they wind up in the hospital—you're going to increase community spread of COVID,” he said. 

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