Citing COVID-19 Risks, CDC Issues Nationwide Eviction Moratorium

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week issued an emergency order temporarily halting specified residential evictions nationwide due to increased COVID-19 transmission risks associated with evictions. The CDC order prohibits through December 31, 2020, owners or landlords from pursuing evictions of individuals who declare under penalty of perjury that they have exhausted all efforts to obtain government assistant for rent or housing, the individual meets specified income levels ($99,000 in annual income for calendar year 2020 or $198,000 if filing a joint tax return), the individual is unable to pay full rent or make full housing payment due to a substantial loss of income or wages, the individual is using best efforts to make timely partial payments, and the eviction would likely render the individual homeless.

Eligible renters must complete a declaration form available on the CDC’s website. In issuing the order, the CDC cites the increased likelihood of COVID-19 transmission in congregate living settings, such as homeless shelters, or among those experiencing unsheltered homelessness.

The CDC filed the order with the Federal Register on Tuesday and the order was published to take effect today, September 4, 2020. The full CDC order is available here.