Almost every expert has proposed a halt to evictions. But negotiations had broken down in Congress. And no new legislation was passed.
Who qualifies and what is required?
- It applies to households that expect to earn no more than $99,000 (individuals) or $198,000 (filing a joint tax return) in 2020.
- Applies to individuals that were not required to report any income to the IRS in 2019.
- If you have received an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check) according to Section 2201 of the CARES Act it applies to you.
Tenants will be required to file sworn declarations that eviction would leave them homeless or force them into “close quarters in a new congregate or shared living setting.” And they must state they’ve “used best efforts to obtain all available government assistance for rent or housing.”
To be clear, renters who qualify will still owe accrued rent. And the new order doesn’t prevent landlords from charging or collecting rent. This action delays but does not prevent evictions.