CDC Eviction Moratorium Extension - Tenant Resource Center - [TRC]



CDC Eviction Moratorium Extension

On Monday, March 29th, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) extended an existing eviction moratorium through June 30th, 2021. The CDC eviction moratorium, which has already been extended twice-first until January 31st, 2021 and then until March 31st, 2021-is a temporary halt in residential evictions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Click here for the CDC website on the moratorium.

Click here for more information on the moratorium.

There are four important pieces of information about this moratorium that we have seen a lot of confusion around that are worth repeating:

1) In order for a tenant to be protected from eviction by this moratorium, they are required to submit a form attesting to the fact that they meet certain qualifications (see our informational page for a list of those qualifications). This form is called a Declaration Form. Tenant Resource Center has created an online tool that tenants can use to generate a completed Declaration Form. Click here for that tool.

Please be aware that this online tool only creates a completed Declaration Form. A tenant who completes this form still has to submit the form to their landlord in order for the moratorium to protect them from eviction.

2) The CDC eviction moratorium only prevents landlords from entering into eviction actions against tenants for nonpayment of rent. Landlords may still begin eviction proceedings for lease violations other than nonpayment of rent. A tenant who submits a Declaration Form but commits a lease violation other than nonpayment of rent can still be evicted.

3) This order does not cancel rent for tenants, even those who have submitted a Declaration Form to their landlord. Once this moratorium expires, if a tenant has a back-owed balance, their landlord can begin the eviction process right away.

4) By submitting a Declaration Form to a landlord, the tenant is certifying that they qualify for the eviction moratorium under penalty of perjury. This means that, if it can be proven that the tenant knowingly and intentionally lied about their situation to prevent the landlord from evicting them for nonpayment of rent, they could be subject to fines of up to $100,000.

 

If you are a tenant, landlord, or service provider with questions about the eviction moratorium, please call us at 608-257-0006 and leave a message. One of our housing counselors will return your call as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can email us with your questions at [email protected] or, if you are a student at the University of Wisconsin, at [email protected] If your preferred language is Spanish, please email us at [email protected] 

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