National Federal Eviction Moratorium 

Learn About Protections and Steps Renters Must Take!

The federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remains in effect through March 31, 2021, despite the Federal District Court of Eastern Texas ruling in Terkel v. CDC on February 25 that the vital measure violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Justice Department announced that the federal government appealed the harmful decision. While renters are still protected under the moratorium, this ruling and its potential effects are deeply concerning. Learn more about court rulings on the federal eviction moratorium here.

The temporary moratorium on evictions has helped keep stably housed millions of people who otherwise would have been evicted during the global pandemic, but the moratorium has significant shortcomings that undermine its public health impact. The Biden administration must defend the CDC order in the courts and strengthen, enforce, and further extend the eviction moratorium for the duration of the pandemic.

FAQ on CDC moratorium

Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) tomaron medidas sin precedentes el 1 de septiembre al emitir una moratoria nacional temporal sobre la mayoría de los desalojos por falta de pago del alquiler para ayudar a prevenir la propagación del coronavirus. Citando la amenaza histórica para la salud pública que representa el coronavirus, los CDC declararon que una moratoria de desalojo ayudaría a garantizar que las personas puedan practicar el distanciamiento social y cumplir con las órdenes de quedarse en casa. La moratoria entra en vigor el 4 de septiembre y durará hasta el 31 de marzo, cubriendo a decenas de millones de inquilinos en riesgo de desalojo. He aquí unas “preguntas frecuentes” sobre la moratoria y aquí el formulario de declaración CDC para tenantes con su traducción en español. (Arrendatarios deben someter la versión en inglés.)

What’s Next?

To be protected, qualified renters facing eviction should immediately provide a signed declaration to their landlords. For more details about the moratorium and a sample declaration that renters can use, read NLIHC’s and NHLP’s Overview of National Eviction Moratorium and our National Eviction Moratorium: FAQ for Renters [Español]. The declaration can be found in these languages:

The federal eviction moratorium is essential relief for struggling renters, but it merely postpones evictions – it doesn’t prevent them. When the moratorium expires on March 31, 2021, back rent will be due, and renters will be unable to pay. In the meantime, small landlords who rely on rental income to maintain and operate their properties will increasingly struggle to pay their bills.

An emergency COVID-19 relief measure enacted in December 2020 included $25 billion in emergency rental assistance. While the relief bill provided essential and desperately needed protections for renters, additional resources and protections are needed. Learn about NLIHC’s top priorities to ensure housing stability during the pandemic.

Read NLIHC, NHLP, and Eviction Lab's Housing Priorities for the Biden-Harris Administration: Enact a Broad Eviction Moratorium

Learn More

Join NLIHC’s national call on coronavirus, disasters, housing and homelessness every Monday at 2:30-4:00 pm ET for an in-depth discussion on the federal eviction moratorium and critical steps renters must take to ensure they are protected. Our partners who are experts on the moratorium, evictions, and state partners who are working with renters on the ground, will join us for the discussions. 

Take Action 

  1. Share information with renters about the federal eviction moratorium and the steps they must take to be protected! See NLIHC and NHLP’s Overview and FAQ for more details on the moratorium and a sample declaration form that renters can use. 
  2. Use social media to tell Congress that housing stability during and after this pandemic cannot wait. Call out the need for #RentReliefNow using our sample social media posts and images. Tag your member of Congress and demand action!
  3. Contact your senators and representatives: Demand that Congress and the White House restart negotiations and pass additional resources and protections to address the health and housing needs of America’s lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness. Find the phone numbers of your members of Congress here or send an email!
  4. Use NLIHC’s Advocacy Toolkit to urge Congress to take immediate action to ensure people get and stay stably housed.
  5. Publish op-eds and letters to the editor in your local papers using NLIHC’s media toolkit here.
  6. NEW: Add your organization to NLIHC’s national letter demanding that the CDC:
    • Extend the federal eviction moratorium through the end of the pandemic;
    • Strengthen the moratorium by making it an automatic and universal moratorium, or, at a minimum, require landlords to provide notice to renters of their rights under the CDC moratorium and prohibit landlords from filing or advancing eviction proceedings unless they attest that they have not received a signed declarative statement from tenants;
    • Rescind the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document issued on October 9 that creates loopholes in the moratorium’s protections making it more difficult for struggling renters to remain stably housed; and
    • Commit to enforcing the moratorium and create a mechanism for renters to file complaints against landlords who violate it.

Thank you for your advocacy!