The nationwide eviction moratorium to halt evictions to slow down the spread of COVID-19 has been extended by the CDC through June 30, 2021.
This is the third time that the moratorium has been extended which in turn is bringing relief to millions of renters that have been financially impacted by the pandemic. The order first came in September 2020 set to expire at the end of the year but was then extended until January 31, 2021. One of President Joe Biden’s first acts in the office was extending the order until March 31, 2021. But the CDC once again extended the deadline.
Preventing evictions is one of the many ways to stop the spread of COVID-19, ensuring that people can stay in their homes even if they cannot pay rent. Oftentimes, when people are evicted from not being able to pay rent, they are forced to go to homeless shelters. This ban will prevent overcrowding and congregated areas like shelters to help the spread of the virus.
With the pandemic closing millions of businesses worldwide and people losing their jobs left and right, this ban allows people to stay where they are and not get evicted if they do not have the funds possible to pay in full every month.
This ban on eviction is to provide protection for renters who are unable to pay their rent each month but they must give a declaration to their landlord stating that they are unable to but will give their best effort to pay with what they can.
But, once the ban eventually lifts, renters will be expected to pay all of their owed rent from the start of the pandemic or work out a payment plan with their landlord. This could in turn, force people to move or be evicted.