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CDC Issues Emergency Order to Halt Evictions

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an emergency public health order to temporarily halt most evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, effective September 4, the anticipated date of publication in the Federal Register. The order will be effective through December 31.

To take advantage of the order, an eligible tenant must execute a declaration form (included as an attachment to the order) under penalty of perjury to the landlord certifying that the tenant does not expect to earn more than $99,000 (or $198,000 if filing a joint tax return) in 2020 or received a CARES Act stimulus check; has used their best efforts to obtain government assistance for rent or housing; is unable to pay rent due to a substantial loss in income or because of extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses; is making their best effort to make partial rent payments; has no other available housing options if evicted; and understands they may need to pay back rent and fees once the moratorium expires.