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An extensive list of coronavirus resources for low-income households can be found here.

Can I be evicted if I can't pay rent because of coronavirus?

Answer

Updated as of July 31, 2020

Renters can get evicted for not paying rent that is due if their area does not have an eviction moratorium in effect. However, renters in areas that do have a moratorium on eviction currently in effect are protected from being evicted if they can't pay rent.

The eviction moratorium for renters in federal housing properties has expired as of July 25, 2020. It is unknown if it will be extended for federal housing programs.

You can find out if your area has a moratorium on evictions in effect here.

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