For many motel dwellers, eviction ban provides no relief
Armetrius Neason poses for a photo inside his room at the Efficiency Lodge hotel outside Atlanta on March 16, 2021. Efficiency Lodge said Neason — despite his lengthy stay — was a guest it could kick off the property without filing an eviction case in court. “It's the same law.”Neason's struggles reflect the heightened risk of homelessness faced by motel and hotel dwellers during the pandemic, housing attorneys say. Hotel and motel residents in California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey and Virginia have reported being expelled or threatened with immediate eviction over the past year. Advocates say lawsuits by hotel residents are rare, and many other removals go unreported.