Housing

I can't pay my rent because of COVID. Can I be evicted?

Probably not.  If you have been unable to pay rent for any time since March 1, 2020, your landlord is required to give you a 15-day notice.  This new notice must give you 15 days to pay rent or tell the landlord that you cannot pay because of COVID.  Your landlord will give you a form called a "declaration" with the 15-day notice.  You need to give the completed declaration to your landlord within 15 days.  

 

There are different rules for different time periods.  Please review the dates below carefully.  

 

Rent or utilities owed from March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020.  You cannot be evicted for past due rent if you:

1.  Could not pay rent due to COVID, and

2.  Sign and return the COVID declaration that your landlord gives you within 15 days. 

 

Rent or utilities owed from September 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.  You cannot be evicted for past due rent if you:

1.  Could not pay rent due to COVID, and

2.  Sign and return the COVID declaration that your landlord gives you within 15 days, and 

3.  Pay at least 25% of your September 2020 to September 30, 2021 total rent by September 30, 2021 or apply and receive 100% rental help from a rental assistance program.  Total rent means your rent and any charges that you pay your landlord, such as utilities. 

 

If you cannot pay 25% and did not qualify or apply for rental assistance help, your landlord cannot start the eviction process until October 1, 2021 if you continue to sign the a declaration form every time your landlord asks you to.    

If you owe your landlord rent, they can sue you in court after November 1, 2021 for what is owed.  Please apply for your local rental assistance program now to reduce or eliminate what you owe.  

 

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