The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a nationwide order that will halt millions of U.S. renters from being evicted through Dec. 31, 2020.
The eviction moratorium will took place on Sept. 4. According to the CDC, the measure to temporarily halt residential evictions of any covered tenants for failure to pay rent is necessary to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
TAAHP is concerned the CDC’s rental eviction moratorium through the end of the year will result in negative economic consequences without dedicated funding for rental assistance.
To be eligible for the eviction moratorium, a tenant must sign a form under penalty of perjury and send it to their landlord to qualify. By signing the form, the tenant is indicating they qualify for the following five stipulations, but they aren’t explicitly required to prove that:
1) The individual has used best efforts to obtain all available government assistance for rent or housing;
2) The individual either:
- Expects to earn no more than $99,000 in annual income for calendar year 2020 (or no more than $198,000 if filing a joint tax return);
- Was not required to report any income in 2019 to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service; or
- Received an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check) pursuant to Section 2201 of the CARES Act;
3) The individual is unable to pay the full rent or make a full housing payment due to substantial loss of household income, loss of compensable hours of work or wages, a lay-off, or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses;
4) The individual is using best efforts to make timely partial payments that are as close to the full payment as the individual’s circumstances may permit, taking into account other nondiscretionary expenses; and
5) Eviction would likely render the individual homeless — or force the individual to move into and live in close quarters in a new congregate or shared living setting — because the individual has no other available housing options.
All other evictions such as criminal activity or threatening the health and safety of others is still permitted.
The CDC order “does not relieve any individual of any obligation to pay rent, make a housing payment, or comply with any other obligation that the individual may have under a tenancy, lease, or similar contract. Nothing in this order precludes the charging or collecting of fees, penalties, or interest as a result of the failure to pay rent or other housing payment on a timely basis, under the terms of any applicable contract.”