(form available here)

On September 1, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a nationwide eviction moratorium to prevent families who are facing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic from being removed from their homes. As currently designed, however, the order offers only temporary relief: In January, renters who take advantage of the moratorium will still have to pay the full amount that accrued during late 2020 plus any additional late fees or penalties their leases allow.  Renters should discuss payment plans or other options with their landlords, because if they defer all payments until January 2021, they may not be able to pay a huge debt.

Who does the moratorium cover?

Once the order goes into effect Sept. 4, three groups of people will qualify for protection based on their incomes:

  • Individuals who will earn $99,000 or less this year ($198,000 for couples who file jointly).
  • People who received stimulus checks under the CARES Act earlier this year.
  • People who did not have to report any income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2019 because of low earnings.

The moratorium does not apply to tenants who are being evicted because their leases have ended. It also does not cover those who are being evicted because they have threatened the health and safety of other residents, have caused significant property damage, engage in criminal activities on the premises, or violate the building’s safety codes or other contractual obligations.

Here’s the form (click here)