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Landlord nervous over safety at his New Orleans complex because he can't evict

A landlord is nervous about the safety at his apartment complex because he cannot evict tenants breaking the law under the federal coronavirus relief bill.

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A New Orleans landlord is nervous about the safety at his apartment complex because he cannot evict tenants breaking the law under the federal coronavirus relief bill.

The federal coronavirus relief bill signed by Congress prevents certain landlords from evicting tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lawrence Trunk said his tenants are out of control and he has no options because he cannot evict them.

Trunk said his tenants know they can't be evicted, and he understands some people cannot afford to pay rent. He said he is working with those people, but some tenants are breaking the law.

According to Trunk, one tenant barbecued inside their apartment.

Trunk said he is under a federal mortgage so that puts his complex under relief bill guidelines.

"Myself and other landlord's issues are from a tenant who brought a baby pool into the second floor apartment and filled it with water and flooded everything, to drug dealing, to fist fights, to drunken and disorderly conduct," said Trunk. "Landlords are having problems throughout the whole metro area."

New Orleans housing expert Hannah Adams said she encourages landlords to work to resolve issues with tenants by negotiating and talking things out.

"We encourage landlords to attempt to resolve issues with a tenant by talking things out trying to negotiate a solution that works for both parties so if you are dealing with an issue like a noise violation before running to eviction court we encourage landlords to talk to the tenant," said Adams.

Adams also said that the way the language in the act is written is very vague and can be interpreted in different ways by judges.

The policy is expected to expire on Saturday if Congress does not add an extension.