Evictions Suspended Temporarily During Pandemic
If you are facing eviction, it is important that you know that evictions have been temporarily suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a recent article published in The New York Times, the Trump Administration has signed an order that would prohibit tenant evictions through the rest of the year. While a similar law was passed under the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), the original provision expired about two months ago. If you are a renter who is behind on your rent and worried about the possibility of eviction, here is what you should know.
What is the Point of Suspending Evictions?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that evictions could lead to unhoused renters living in shelters that are crowded, which would contribute to the spread of the virus and put such persons and others at risk of contracting COVID-19. In order to mitigate spread, it is imperative that renters are able to remain in their homes, whether or not they are able to make their rental payments.
What Do You Have to Do to Qualify Under the Law?
While evictions have been temporarily suspended, it is important to note that not everyone is automatically covered; instead, there are eligibility criteria that must first be satisfied. In order to qualify and be covered by the moratorium on evictions, a tenant must first prove that they have suffered a substantial loss of household income, rendering them unable to make their normal rent payments; that they are unable to make full rent payments and that they have made an honest attempt at paying partial rent; and that if they were to be evicted, they would be left houseless and be forced to live in close quarters with others. Note that the law does not relieve tenants of their obligation to pay rent; rather, it simply states that they cannot be evicted for not making those rental payments.
Protecting People from Houselessness
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, there has been a surge in eviction filings nationwide. When President Trump issued the eviction moratorium (which was done without Congress, as negotiations to expand the CARES Act in the legislative branch had proved futile), the decision was praised as an act that would “provide relief from the growing threat of eviction for millions of anxious families,” by the president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The act has also been critiqued, though, as not going far enough to really provide renters with the financial relief they need and also harming landlords.
Get Help with Your Eviction Case Today
If you are facing eviction or are worried about eviction in the future, there are steps that you can take to stop an eviction. The first thing that you do should be to call an experienced lawyer who has worked on eviction defense cases. At the office of Tadross Law, we can help. Reach us today at (267) 382-4310 or send our lawyer a message online at your convenience to get started. If you are at risk of eviction, there is no time to delay. Our firm offers free case evaluations.