On September 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a federal order to suspend certain residential evictions through December 31, 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Per the order, renters who qualify for eviction suspension, must provide a legal declaration that they meet the following criteria:
Expects to earn less than $99,000 in 2020 (or no more than $198,000 if filing a joint tax return); was not required to file taxes in 2019; or received a stimulus check provided by the CARES Act
Has used their best efforts to obtain all available government assistance for rent or housing
Cannot pay the full amount of their rent because of substantial loss in income, loss of employment or work hours, or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses
Is still making partial rent payments or is using their “best effort” to make payments that are as close to the full rental amount as possible
If the renter were to be evicted, they would likely become homeless or have to “double up” with another household.
The order does not remove renters’ responsibilities pertaining to unpaid rent or prohibit landlords from charging fees or penalties for non-payment of rent. The order also does not prevent evictions for reasons other than non-payment of rent.