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Last week the Supreme Court did dejected the recent extension of the eviction moratorium by the CDC, which should last until October 3rd. That means millions of tenants are now at risk of evictions, although some states still have their own eviction bans and rental assistance is available – despite a delay in adoption. in many states. Here’s a closer look at your options if you’re threatened with eviction or otherwise unable to afford your rent.
What happened to the federal eviction moratorium?
Following the proposal that the CDC Exceeding its powers in June, the Supreme Court has revoked the agency’s recent extension with immediate effect. The majority say the CDC relies on “a decade-old law that empowers it to carry out measures such as fumigation and pest control.” The ruling suggested that a federal ban be approved by Congress instead.
Some states still have their own eviction moratoriums
In the following states there are either eviction bans or gradual easing of eviction bans, which extend into September:
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- California: There is no eviction until September 30th. The legal news site Nolo has a list of cities and towns that are also restricted here. There is also a ban on utility shutdowns due to Non-payment until at least September 30th, 2021 for most utilities.
- Washington, DC: The mayor has adopted a step-by-step approach that will allow evictions due to non-payment as early as October 12th. Landlords can file evictions of any kind from January 1, 2022 found here.
- Illinois: Governor Pritzker has expanded the existing eviction moratorium until September 18, 2021.
- Minnesota: Minnesota renters who are not eligible for emergency rental assistance are protected from eviction until September 12th. However, tenants with a pending application for state rent allowance cannot be evicted until June 2022. for GOBanking rates.
- Nevada: Tenants can Delay eviction by providing evidence that they have applied for rental allowance.
- New Jersey: Tenants are protected from eviction and eviction court proceedings until December 31, 2021, provided that their annual household income is below 80% of the median income of their district.
- New Mexico: The state’s Supreme Court has one temporary moratorium on evictions already exists, with no end date at this point in time.
- New York: The existing state moratorium on eviction bans expires today, but with an extension until the end of the year is being worked on.
- Oregon: For NOLO, landlords must wait 60 days before filing an eviction if the tenant provides documents showing they have applied for rental allowance.
- Washington: Earlier this summer, Governor Jay Inslee announced a “bridge” extension of an existing government moratorium, effective until September 30th.
Don’t forget about the rental assistance programs
Despite the fact that it was founded at the start of the pandemic, the $ 46.5 billion emergency aid program spent on rent only 11% of its funds. according to the New York Times. While the federal government provides the financing, the states are responsible for the actual distribution of the rental subsidies, and they are slow to do so, with delays due to a lack of staff and overly strict documentation requirements.
Fortunately, access to rental assistance is slowly improving. If you haven’t already, check out the new version of the National Low Income Housing Coalition Emergency Rental Assistance Dashboardthat you can use to search for rental services in your area. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also has a good guide for renters who cannot afford their rent here. For free legal assistance related to evictions, contact either LawHelp.org or the Legal services company.