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Eviction Moratorium Aims To Prevent Virus Spread

Posted at 3:56 AM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 03:56:27-04

LANSING, Mich. — A national 4-month moratorium on some housing evictions will take effect Friday. Alicia Nieves is looking into how urgent the situation is now, for both tenants and landlords.

Millions of homeowner and renters have been struggling to make housing payments since March.

“The latest census pulse survey shows about a third of renters have little to no confidence that they will be able to make rent.”

Alieza Durana is with Princeton University’s Eviction lab. It’s been tracking the affordable housing crisis in America, but particularly how that has manifested during this pandemic.

“We have counted over 39,000 evictions between March and August.”

Those evictions took place, because the CARES Act’s federal moratorium on eviction only covered tenant in properties with federally backed mortgages, about a third of all renters. But More than a month ago, that partial protection expired.

“In the absence of government intervention, It doesn’t look good. ”Finally, Tuesday Afternoon the CDC Issued a 37 page order.

To reduce the spread of covid-19, it’s banning evictions by owners of 'any' residential property, there are a few important details to the order though:

  1. To be protected from eviction, you are required to provide your landlord with a signed copy of the declaration form (at the end of the CDC’s order)
  2. You swear on that declaration that your income is below their threshold [EDITOR SHOW: $99,000 annual or $198,000 for joint filers], and that you are unable to make full rent payment because of a substantial loss of household income.
  3. Lastly, renters will still have to pay the rent they owed, including late fees The money will be due at the beginning of the new year.

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