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Federal Eviction Moratorium Ends – What are your options as a renter?

The federal eviction moratorium is gone. What renters should know now? In this video, I’ll explain who is most affected by the Supreme Court’s decision to resume evictions and what you need to do now if you’re facing eviction. Evictions were supposed to be suspended until Oct. 3, but this was challenged by landlords, trade associations, and real estate companies. In issuing its ruling, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court argued that the federal government didn’t have the power to order such a ban and that the CDC had exceeded its authority.

The US national moratorium on evictions ended August 26 after a 6-3 vote by the Supreme Court.

The moratorium had been implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and extended by President Joe Biden’s administration days after it was set to expire on July 31. The moratorium was in place to target specific areas most impacted by rising COVID-19 cases, which could likely be made worse by mass evictions. It was projected to cover close to 90% of American renters.

Evictions were supposed to be suspended until Oct. 3, but this was challenged by landlords, trade associations and real estate companies. In issuing its ruling, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court argued that the federal government didn’t have the power to order such a ban and that the CDC had exceeded its authority. At least 11 million renters have fallen behind on rent and some 3.6 million households could face evictions in the coming months.

Who is affected by the decision to continue evictions?
Millions of renters who have fallen behind on their payments could face eviction in the coming months. A study in the spring by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development found that around 14% of the 44 million renter households were behind on rent, and nearly 10% had zero confidence in their ability to make the next month’s rent. About one-third of the US population are renters, many of whom have been protected by some form of an eviction moratorium since Congress passed the initial CARES Act in March 2020.

Are there any rental assistance or emergency protections that can be used now?
Some state and local governments have temporary eviction moratoriums. Los Angeles County, for example, has banned evictions — both residential and commercial — through Sept. 30.

One purpose of the eviction moratorium was to give states and cities more time to get rental relief payments out, which would help people pay back rent and avoid eviction. But the amount of money that has actually reached people in need is a fraction of the $46.5 billion appropriated by Congress for emergency aid. One study shows several states haven’t managed to get 5% of allocated federal dollars to renters facing eviction. According to The Washington Post, a combination of difficult application systems, technical glitches and lack of information about applying for ERA aid meant that money has not been disbursed.

Are there other resources for people facing financial hardship at this time?
If you’re in need of immediate shelter or emergency housing, the HUD maintains a state-by-state list of housing organizations in your area. Select your state from the drop-down menu for a list of resources near you.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, many states and cities have expanded their available financial assistance for those who are struggling to pay rent. To see what programs might be available near you, find your state on this list of rent relief programs maintained by the National Low Income Housing Association.

Nonprofit 211.org connects those in need of help with essential community services in their area and has a specific portal for pandemic assistance. If you’re having trouble with your food budget or paying your housing bills, you can use 211.org’s online search tool or dial 211 on your phone to talk to someone who can try to help.

JustShelter.org is a nonprofit that puts tenants facing eviction in touch with local organizations that can help them to remain in their homes or, in worst-case scenarios, find emergency housing.

The online legal services chatbot at DoNotPay.com has a coronavirus financial relief tool that it says will identify which of the laws, ordinances and measures covering rent and evictions apply to you based on your location.

If you’re delinquent on payments or know you will be soon, you may want to consult a lawyer to better understand how laws in your area apply to your situation.
Legal Aid provides attorneys free of charge to qualified clients who need help with civil matters such as evictions. You can locate the nearest Legal Aid office using this search tool.

Can renters request a reduction or extension from their landlords?
In almost all instances it’s probably best to work out an arrangement with your landlord or leasing agency, if at all possible. Although some landlords have reportedly reacted to the pandemic by putting even more pressure on tenants to pay up, other landlords have negotiated rent, some going so far as to stop collecting rent payments for a period of time.

It may be worth approaching your landlord to see if you can pay less rent or spread payments for some months’ rent out over the next year. Just be wary of landlords who make excessive demands. Don’t agree to unreasonable conditions or terms you won’t be able to meet, especially if your city or state has enacted protections against such arrangements.

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