CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium through July 31
On June 24, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended its Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19 through July 31.
The CDC Order keeps the modifications added during the March 29 extension in place, while the core elements of the Order reamin the same. The CDC has claimed that this extension will be the last and the federal government must abide by their word and allow the moratorium to expire. In the New York Times, the National Apartment Association (NAA) expressed extreme disappointment that the Administration extended their federal moratorium yet again and recognizes the gravity of this move and vast ramifications it has on rental housing operations.
As a reminder, the Order:
- Applies to virtually all rental housing providers and prohibits actions to remove covered renters from their housing during the moratorium period.
- Requires renters to provide written notice under penalty of perjury to their housing provider that they qualify and are seeking relief under the Order to trigger protections (See the CDC’s sample form as well as their translations in commonly spoken languages).
- Does not prevent evictions based on the lawful reasons articulated in the Order, other than nonpayment of rent (with limited exceptions for renters who are alleged to have committed the crime of trespass or claim exposure to COVID-19).
- Specifies that outstanding balances become due when the moratorium ends, and housing providers may charge late fees or other penalties for nonpayment of rent.
For more information on NAA's website, click here.