On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced that his administration will be giving struggling renters a reprieve. The eviction moratorium is a CDC Agency Order titled, “Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19.”
The new eviction moratorium is designed to keep millions of Americans in their homes during the coming months who may be struggling as a result of the pandemic, which has caused massive job loss. It takes effect immediately and applies through Dec. 31, 2020.
This is an aggressive relief measure and will be a total ban on evictions of tenants who are unable to pay rent because of COVID-19. This will temporarily save millions of U.S. renters from being evicted.
The CDC, acting under its authority to regulate public health, is covering all 43 million U.S. residential renters. But they must meet income-eligibility requirements.
On Aug. 6, after Congress failed to enact new coronavirus legislation, President Trump tasked the CDC and other federal agencies with finding a way to stop evictions during the pandemic. The CARES Act previously served as a federal moratorium on evictions, but it expired at the end of July.