Federal Eviction Moratorium Extended Through June
Earlier today, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, extended the federal moratorium on evictions through June 30. With the order set to end in two days, the agency is giving renters an additional ninety days of protection as vaccines and rental assistance programs continue to rollout. The impetus behind the agency's decision to extend the moratorium appears to be part of a larger preventative strategy; a strategy that addresses viral outbreak amongst homeless populations and widespread displacement.
While much of the agency's order remains the same, there are a few new items of note:
- While the order does not prohibit evictions for engaging in criminal activity while on the leased premises, covered persons may not be evicted on the sole basis that they are alleged to have committed the crime of trespass (or similar state-law offense);
- Individuals who have, who might have been exposed to, or who might have COVID-19 should not be evicted on the grounds that they pose a health or safety threat to other residents; and
- Covered persons may use any written document in place of the declaration form, if it includes the required information in the form, or use a form translated into other languages.
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