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On Thursday, June 24, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) extended its federal eviction moratorium, previously set to expire on June 30, through July 31, 2021.  The agency stated in its announcement that this latest extension of the moratorium, which has been in place since September 2020 under the CDC's powers during a public health emergency, is intended to be the last.  The eviction moratorium prevents housing providers from evicting tenants who are unable to pay all or some of their rent due to loss of income or medical expenses, have attempted to obtain rental assistance, earned no more than $99k ($198k for joint filers) in 2020 or does not expect to earn more than that in 2021, is making "best efforts" to make timely partial payments, and eviction would likely render them homeless or force them into a shared living setting. 

Following the announcement, the White House released a fact sheet on "Initiatives to Promote Housing Stability by Supporting Vulnerable Tenants and Preventing Foreclosures."  It outlines plans by the Administration to coordinate across federal agencies and the state, local, and national governments to provide resources for tenants and housing providers to access rental assistance funds and programs, develop plans for anti-eviction diversion practices to benefit tenants, housing providers, and relieve some of the burden on the court systems, and better communicate the existence of emergency rental assistance program (ERAP) funds and counseling programs to vulnerable tenants and housing providers.  These initiatives include:

  • Encouraging state and local courts to adopt "anti-eviction diversion practices," to help housing providers and tenants reach agreements and access rental assistance to keep people in their homes while helping to make housing providers whole;
  • Highlighting the federal assistance funds for state and local governments, and their range of potential uses (including eviction diversion plans);
  • Holding a White House summit for eviction prevention plans, which will include state and local governments as well as various legal groups to coordinate efforts to develop "locally-tailored" solutions to incentivize the use of ERAP funds;
  • Accelerating and broadening disbursement ERAP funds by state and local entities;
  • Ensure enforcement of the 30-day eviction notice requirement for federally-backed properties (HUD/FHA/USDA, Freddie and Fannie);
  • Guidance from HUD to prevent Fair Housing Act violations within the scope of eviction actions against tenants; collaborating with the DOJ to publicize that guidance;
  • Cross-coordinate between government agencies and channels to better share information about rental assistance and other programs to help vulnerable tenants and housing providers; and
  • Extending the foreclosure moratorium for HUD/VA/USDA backed-mortgages through July 31, as well as the FHFA foreclosure moratorium for Fannie/Freddie backed-mortgages. 

Read the June 24, 2021 CDC Eviction Moratorium Order.

For more information about the eviction moratorium and other resources for housing providers, see NAR's COVID-19 FAQs for Housing Providers.

Find information on rental assistance programs in your area through the Treasury Department portal.