On Dec. 21, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris signed "Safer at Home" Health Order and Directive No. 16, which establishes limits on the operation of essential and non-essential businesses and services within Shelby County.
The Order includes a section devoted to safety measures, which includes a notice for property lessors. Per the Order, all property owners, landlords or their hired agents must distribute the following notice concurrently with the service of process of a Forcible Entry and Detainer Action (or Summons & Complaint) to any individual against whom an FED or other eviction action is filed.
This safety measure, found on page 13 of the Order, helps to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 that could be associated with the eviction process. The notice must state:
"If you or anyone in your household are currently quarantined or are in isolation due to COVID-19 and are unable to secure housing at this time, please notify the Shelby County Health Department by calling 901.222.MASK (which is 901.222.6275) or by faxing the information to 901.222.8249. Temporary housing support may be available."
This Order is effective beginning Dec. 26, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. and expires Jan. 22, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. For further information about this and other COVID-related Shelby County health directives, visit the Shelby County Department of Health.