A landlord obtained a judgment, following an inquest against a tenant on Oct. 22, 2019. The tenant thereafter obtained an order to show cause (OTSC) which was returnable March 2, 2020. The OTSC stayed execution of the warrant until April 1, 2020. Pursuant to DRP-213(1)(B) and Administrative Order 160/20, the landlord’s motion to proceed with execution of the warrant of eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic was granted on Nov. 19, 2020. The landlord was thereafter stayed from executing the warrant pursuant to the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 (CEEFPA). The landlord restored the matter to the court’s calendar by an OTSC returnable Feb. 10, 2021. The tenant failed to appear. The court thereafter sent “postcards and a Microsoft Teams invite for March 2, 2021.” The tenant again failed to appear.
CEEFPA Part A, Section 9 permits execution of a warrant where “the court has awarded a judgment against the respondent prior to the effective date (Dec. 28, 2020) of this act on the basis of objectionable or nuisance behavior.” The court “shall hold a hearing to determine whether the tenant is persistently and unreasonably engaging in behavior that substantially infringes on the use and enjoyment of the other tenants or occupants or causes a substantial safety hazard to others.”