White House Orders Eviction Ban

On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, the White House issued an order disallowing landlords from evicting tenants from properties that they can no longer afford, due to income lost because of the pandemic. The order, issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), makes it illegal to evict any individuals who will earn less than $99,000 (or joint-filing couples, earning less than $198,000) in 2020.

The tenants will be allowed to remain in their dwellings for the remainder of the year, yet will still be responsible for the past due amount. Further, a tenant must declare that their 2020 income will fall beneath the aforementioned earnings threshold and that they have sought all potential income sources of housing aid, as well. They must also state that they cannot afford to pay due to pandemic-related job loss or expenses.

Senior administration officials stipulate that local courts must adjudicate eviction filings but the federal order should protect tenants who qualify for the program. The order was issued to protect renters facing pandemic-caused eviction, following the expiration of the federal foreclosure and eviction moratorium on the last day of July 2020.

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