Eviction Ban Extended Through June 30, 2021
The CDC announced that it will extend the national ban on evictions for 3 more months until June 30. The ban was set to expire at the end of March. According to Census data, approximately 20% of renters did not pay their rent in February, so help is needed.
A renter will qualify if they meed the following criteria.
- If a renter received a stimulus check in 2020 or 2021, didn’t have to report any income to the IRS in 2020 or made less than $99,000 as an individual ($198,000 if file jointly), they are protected by the extension.
- A renter will also need to complete a declaration form. It states that they are unable to make the full rent payment due to a financial setback. These setbacks include a drop in income or high out-of-pocket medical expenses. If a renter qualifies for the extension, they must provide the declaration to their landlord.
It is important to use the new declaration form because it includes information about how landlords will be punished if they do not follow the new rules. Renters can file complaints with the CFPB. In addition, the extension does not relieve tenants of their rent obligations. Rent will still need to be paid, so tenants should try and pay some or all of their rent if possible to avoid growing their debt and getting evicted when the ban expires.
For additional resources to help with rent assistance, see the following articles.