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Federal Eviction Moratorium Goes Into Effect on September 4; Assistance Available to Assist Residents

09/04/2020

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a federal eviction moratorium for all renters at risk of being evicted to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The moratorium is effective as of September 4 and continues through December 31, 2020.

This order applies to states with reported cases of COVID-19 (currently includes all 50 states). Qualified renters must provide a signed declaration to their landlord. The federal eviction moratorium includes a sample declaration.

Renters can still be evicted for the following reasons: conducting criminal activity on the property, damaging the property, violating building codes, health ordinances and violating the rental contract (other than the timely payment of rent, late fees, etc.).

Renters and homeowners who are experiencing difficulties paying for their housing, (including utilities) may call the FirstLink hotline at 2-1-1 (or text their zip code to 898211) to be connected to local emergency payment programs and other resources, such as food, shelter or family support for example.