The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a national eviction moratorium order on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, that was published in the Federal Register on Friday, September 4, 2020. The purpose of the order is to stop the spread of COVID-19 by keeping people in their homes.
Please note: The national moratorium has been extended to June 30, 2021. Landlords cannot evict tenants for failure to pay rent, if those tenants meet the criteria outlined on the CDC’s eviction moratorium declaration form, and have delivered a signed declaration form to their landlord or property management company.
From the CDC:
In the context of a pandemic, eviction moratoria—like quarantine, isolation, and social distancing—can be an effective public health measure utilized to prevent the spread of communicable disease. Eviction moratoria facilitate self-isolation by people who become ill or who are at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 due to an underlying medical condition. They also allow State and local authorities to more easily implement stay-at-home and social distancing directives to mitigate the community spread of COVID-19. Furthermore, housing stability helps protect public health because homelessness increases the likelihood of individuals moving into congregate settings, such as homeless shelters, which then puts individuals at higher risk to COVID-19. The ability of these settings to adhere to best practices, such as social distancing and other infection control measures, decreases as populations increase. Unsheltered homelessness also increases the risk that individuals will experience severe illness from COVID-19.
There are eligibility requirements, so please read them carefully before signing the declaration form:
- You received a stimulus check (Economic Impact Payment) in 2020 or 2021; or
- You were not required to report any income to the IRS in 2020; or
- In 2020 or 2021, you earned (or expect to earn) less than $99,000 as an individual or less than $198,000 as a joint filer; AND one of the following:
- Your household income has gone down substantially
- You have been laid off from work
- Your work hours or wages have been cut
- You have extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses
Some very important points to note:
- You still have to go to court if your landlord files to evict you, and the landlord can still obtain a judgement against you.
- The CDC’s moratorium only delays any eviction until after June 30, 2021, unless extended by the CDC.
- Tenants can still be evicted for other issues that don’t include nonpayment of rent.
- All adults listed on the lease must sign their own declaration form, in order to be protected under the moratorium.
- This moratorium expires June 30, 2021 unless amended.
You can download the declaration form here. If you previously sent your landlord a signed declaration form, you do not need to submit another.
If you are a Maryland tenant, and need legal representation or legal advice, please contact the following organizations:
If you need financial assistance, please see these available programs (each has eligibility requirements you must meet, and are only available to residents of that county or city). If you have questions, please contact the organizations directly.