The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is temporarily stopping all new evictions in order to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. This order from the CDC will be in effect from September 4, 2020, until December 31, 2020.
To use this new order to prevent your eviction, you – the renter – must declare that all four (4) of the following items apply to you:
1/ You fall within the income eligibility for this order ($99,000 in annual income for an individual, or $198,000 if you filed a joint tax return);
2/ You’ve experienced financial difficulty during the pandemic;
3/ You’ve taken steps to get financial assistance so that you can pay rent during this time; and
4/ That there is a serious health risk if you should be removed from your home at this time.
If all of those conditions apply to you, you must then provide a completed and signed declaration to your landlord or property manager.
To be on the safe side, each adult listed on your lease should complete their own declaration and also give it to your landlord.
You are still required to pay rent and follow all the other terms of your lease and rules of the place where you live.
You may also still be evicted for reasons other than not paying rent or making a housing payment.
This declaration is sworn testimony, meaning that you can be prosecuted, go to jail, or pay a fine if you lie, mislead, or omit important information.