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COVID-19 Information for Mississippi

The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.

State and Local Affiliates

Please remember to use your state or local apartment association as the primary resource for the most up-to-date information on your responsibilities. Find your local affiliate.

State Legal and Regulatory Information

We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues.

Shelter in Place

Effective Friday, April 24, 2020 through Monday, May 25, 2020, Governor Tate Reeves has issued a state Safer at Home order to replace the state’s Shelter in Place order. The order will allow individuals to leave their homes and congregate in groups of 10 or fewer, but strongly encourages those most at-risk to remain at home. Non-essential retail businesses will also be allowed to resume operations per safety and health guidelines

State of Emergency

Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency on March 14.

Eviction

Executive Action

  • Action: Suspends evictions within Lauderdale County, with all law enforcement officers in the county directed to cease enforcement of orders of evictions during the Shelter in Place order.

  • Scope: Execution of Writs of Possession.

  • COVID-19 Related Impact Requirement: No.

  • Residents Responsible for Rent: Yes.

 

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

No statewide emergency rental assistance for Mississippi. 

Rent Freeze

No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. Local rent regulation is preempted by Mississippi Code: § 21-17-5.

Price-Gouging Law

Under Mississippi Code, § 75.24.25, it is unlawful to charge prices for goods and services, during a declaration of emergency, in excess of their ordinarily charged prices immediately prior to a declaration of emergency. Applicable goods and services are not defined under the language of this statute.

Local Legal and Regulatory Information

Oxford

Eviction

Following the release of the state’s Safer at Home order, the City of Oxford has released the following statement on Tuesday, April 28, 2020:

On Friday, April 24, Governor Tate Reeves issued Executive Order 1477 that did not allow for everything in our Phase I plan to open 14 days after our peak date. The Governor’s Order allows for municipalities to put in place requirements that are stricter than his Order but not more lenient. So, his list of businesses that cannot open is the ruling Order. He did allow non-essential businesses to open effective yesterday, April 27th. Since our Resolution did not allow this, our Resolution is the ruling order.