Congress just passed a COVID-19 stimulus package that extends the federal eviction ban until Jan. 31, 2021, and provides rental assistance. The president signed it into law Dec. 28. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) halted residential evictions in September in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. The order was set to expire at the end of the year.
What do landlords need to know about the CDC’s order?
How can tenants get the order’s protections?
To invoke the protections of the order, tenants must provide an executed copy of a declaration that meets certain requirements. Each adult on the lease must complete a declaration that states under penalty of perjury that:
If tenants don’t meet these conditions, are they still protected from eviction?
Landlords should note that tenants who do not meet the criteria for protection under the federal ban might still be protected under state or local orders.
Landlords should also stay up to date with other federal tenant protections:
Phelps will monitor this issue as it evolves and provide updates. Please contact Amanda Messa or any other member of Phelps’ Real Estate team if you have questions or need compliance advice and guidance. For more information related to COVID-19, please also see Phelps’ COVID-19: Client Resource Portal.