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Will eviction moratoria be extended?

Answer

Some eviction moratoria for not paying rent have been extended in certain areas, but many policies have expired while the coronavirus pandemic continues.

If you rent from a private landlord, many cities, counties, and states in the country have extended their moratorium on evictions; but the policy in some areas has expired, and it will be expiring soon in many other areas.

If you are participating in a federal housing assistance program, the eviction moratorium that expired on July 24, 2020 has not yet been extended. Landlords are currently allowed to serve 30-day eviction notices for nonpayment of rent.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson has denied that HUD has authority to extend its eviction moratorium; but housing advocates have sent an open letter to Secretary Carson in late July, informing him that “HUD has the power to declare a moratorium on evictions for all of its programs for the duration of the emergency.” Secretary Carson has still not yet extended the eviction moratorium for federal properties.

This means that a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher holder who rents from a private landlord would still be protected from eviction if they live in an area that has an eviction moratorium in effect.

You can find out if your area’s moratorium on evictions is still in effect here.

More FAQs from Low Income Households

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  • What does a typical eviction notice look like?
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  • How does the eviction process work?
  • Where can I find help if I got an eviction notice?