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Eviction moratorium: which states have signed it and until when?

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention implemented a temporary eviction moratorium through the end of the year protecting renters nationwide.

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Eviction moratorium: which states have signed it and until when?
Michael M. SantiagoAFP

On Tuesday afternoon President Donald Trump revealed a new measure to protect people struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic. This new measure is called the “Eviction Moratorium” and this will ban the evictions of tenants nationwide who can’t pay rent because they are struggling financially until the end of the year, 31 December.

Surprisingly this measure comes strictly from the Center of Disease Control and Preventions and it will protect roughly 43 million U.S. residents from being evicted during the pandemic as long as they meet income-eligibility requirements.

CARES Act protected renters

Under this bill, signed by Trump in March, renters had the option not to pay rent as the pandemic worsened in the country but that law expired on 31 July and since then millions of Americans have been in the limbo.

Now with this new measure and as long as they meet the requirements they have until the end of the year to not be evicted. It is important to know that people who have not paid rent still need to do so after this moratorium expires. The people who qualify for this new “Eviction Moratorium” are the following:

  • Individual renters that earn less than $99,000 this year or less than $198,000 if they file jointly
  • Any renter who didn;t report income in 2019 or received a stimulus check
  • Tenants must file sworn declarations that eviction would leave them homeless
  • Tenants must confirm they have used best efforts to obtain all available government assistant for rent and housing

Who is not protected

Eviction for reasons other than nonpayment of rent will be allowed to proceed and those who have expired leases or have violated its lease are not covered in this new measure signed by Trump’s administration.

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