CDC Eviction Moratorium Updates

CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium Until July 31, 2021

To protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19, the Biden administration has extended the federal eviction moratorium through July 31, 2021, and greater enforcement of the moratorium’s protections – two measures that will help keep millions of renters stably housed during the pandemic and prevent further spread of and deaths from COVID-19. 

According to the announcement on March 29, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will extend the eviction moratorium for three months, and a White House Fact Sheet indicates that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will launch a new effort to increase awareness of the moratorium’s protections. The CFPB and the Federal Trade Commission will enforce penalties against landlords who violate the order.

The extended moratorium and its enforcement are essential to help ten million families remain in their homes as states and local communities work to distribute emergency rental assistance to address arrears and prevent evictions. The CDC Moratorium protects: 

  1. Tenant has used best efforts to obtain all available government assistance for rent or housing.
  2. Tenant meets income limit:
    • $99,000 or less in annual income; or
    • Received stimulus check; or
    • Not required to report income in 2019
  3. Tenant is unable to pay rent due to:
    • Substantial loss of household income; or
    • Extraordinary medical expenses
  4. Tenant uses best efforts to pay partial rent (as close to full as circumstances permit)
  5. Tenant would likely become homeless or forced to live in close quarters in shared
     housing if evicted (including stay in hotel/motel)

What the CDC Moratorium Prevents: 

It stops the landlord from taking action to evict a tenant for unpaid rent, including:

  • Asking the court for a ‘writ of eviction’
  • Sheriff conducting the eviction
  • Harassing or intimidating a tenant to “vacate”