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Rent’s due soon, and two Peoria groups want to spread awareness of renters’ rights

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Peoria (WEEK) -- A pair of Peoria organizations are preaching renters' rights as August 1 creeps closer and payments are due.

Gov. Pritzker put a moratorium on evictions, which meant sheriffs could not enforce them. It's been extended multiple times, most recently until August 22.

Without education, "we're going to end up with a flood of people in our shelters and doubling up in homes and that creates another crisis we're trying to prevent," Jolt Harm Reduction Program Director Chris Schaffner said.

Wednesday, Jolt partnered with Prairie State Legal Services to explain how the moratorium works. Rent is still due. Renters and landlords are encouraged to come to written agreements. A renter in income based housing who's had wages slashed because of the pandemic should apply to have their rent adjusted.

Peoria County residents may be eligible for free advice over the phone from PSL. You can contact them by clicking here.

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