CDC eviction moratorium extended to March 31st
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) extended its moratorium on nonpayment of rent evictions to March 31, 2021. The moratorium also arguably applies to evictions based on no fault or wrongdoing of the tenant (like removal to sell the property or to do renovations).
The purpose of the CDC Moratorium is to allow tenants to remain quarantined to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
A tenant enjoys protection under the CDC Moratorium only when certain requirements are first met, and if a CDC declaration is then delivered to the landlord. The declaration notifies the landlord of both the tenant's financial hardship and the tenant's best efforts to obtain rental assistance. Here's a tenant's step-by-step guide for securing protection against eviction under the CDC Moratorium:
1. Must not earn more than $99,000 in annual income for calendar year 2020, or no more than $198,000 if filing a joint tax return.
2. If behind in rent, must apply for rental assistance at Town/City Welfare Office & Community Action Program (CAP).
3. All adult household members must sign & date the declaration. * Tenants should note that the CDC declaration is signed under penalty of perjury.
4. Deliver the declaration to the landlord (hand delivery, 1st class mail, certified mail, attached as a picture to a text message or email)
5. Continue to pay the landlord whatever portion of the rent the tenant's circumstances permit.
See the CDC Declaration form. Until the CDC updates the form, cross out "January 31, 2021" and write "March 31, 2021."
Tenants are urged to contact LARC at 800-639-5290 or 603-224-3333 if they have any questions about the CDC Moratorium.