The eviction moratorium has ended. What does this mean?
It’s official: The eviction moratorium has ended, and officials are scrambling to blunt the effects. The White House is urging states to speed up the distribution of billions, while also asking local governments to put in place their own extensions and relief options.
What’s the impact of the eviction moratorium ending?
Quick refresh: In September of 2020, in the midst of millions losing their jobs due to the pandemic, the Center for Disease and Prevention (CDC) instituted a moratorium that prevented landlords from evicting their renters.
Flash forward to end of July 2021, and the federal moratorium has ended. Now, millions of tenants across the country face the possibility of eviction and homelessness.
What renters and landlords need to know:
While the federal eviction moratorium has ended, there are different areas and certain cases where extensions apply. Here are some things for both landlords and tenants to know about the order:
- The CDC has issued an order that is intended to halt evictions in areas with increasing COVID-19 cases. If a tenant lives in one of these areas, landlords may not have the right to evict them.
- Landlords must operate by the same eviction rules as before the pandemic, meaning they must legally notify tenants and proceed with the eviction process in court.
- Landlords can’t simply kick renters out—they must have a court-ordered eviction.
- Communication and negotiation between tenants and landlords is always worth the effort. Try to work out a deal instead of going through with an eviction.
- There are options for rental assistance, and tenants can go to hud.gov to apply.
Contact a provider lawyer to understand your options for help.
Each state has its own laws and regulations regarding evictions. To understand how the end of the eviction moratorium will affect you, contact a provider lawyer, and they will help you understand the specifics of your state.
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