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Federal Halt on Residential Evictions

Updated: Dec 22, 2022

On September 4, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) published an order halting residential evictions through December 31, 2020, to prevent further spread of COVID -19. The order prohibits landlords and owners of residential property from evicting tenants due to late or partial rent payments until the end of 2020, but it does not relieve individuals of the obligation to pay rent.

In order to invoke the CDC's Order, tenants must fill out a Declaration form and present it to their landlord or owner of the residential property where they live. Each adult that is listed on the lease must complete and provide an individual declaration.

While this Order prohibits the eviction of renters due to late rent payments, tenants can still be evicted for:

  1. engaging in criminal activity while on the premises;

  2. threatening the health or safety of other residents;

  3. damaging or posing an immediate and significant risk of damage to property;

  4. violating any applicable building code, health ordinance, or similar regulation relating to health and safety;

  5. violating any other contractual obligation, other than the timely payment of rent or similar housing-related payment (including non-payment or late payment of fees, penalties, or interest).

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