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The Eviction Moratorium by State

Chloe Meltzer | August 17, 2022

Eviction sucks, but your state might protect you from it under circumstances.

Summary: Certain laws protected renters from eviction during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is SoloSuit's 50-state guide on eviction moratorium rules since then.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put a federal eviction moratorium into place. In August 2021, the Supreme Court voted to end the temporary stay. In doing so, the Supreme Court's ruling invalidated the federal eviction moratorium, which stopped eviction protections that were keeping millions of people housed during the pandemic.

This moratorium was seen as a lifeline for many families, who no longer knew where to turn. As the delta variant continued to spread, many people began losing their homes through the fall and winter of 2021. In early 2022, these are now the eviction moratoriums by state.

Federal tenant protections

With the CDC's eviction ban no longer in place, there have been some organizations challenging the order to halt evictions in areas with high COVID-19 transmission rates. For example, The District Court for the District of Columbia agreed with the plaintiffs that the Order was unlawful, and put a hold on the decision, leaving the order in place. The Supreme Court's decision on August 26, 2021 has led to the eviction ban no longer being in place. This means you may not be protected. However, in some states, tenants still have some protection.

FHFA tenant protections

There are some protections for renters. Mortgage buyers Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae (FHFA) prohibited landlords of multifamily properties with Freddie Mac- and Fannie Mae-backed mortgages from evicting tenants.

Eviction moratorium by state

Although information changes daily, the following table outlines the current eviction moratorium and tenant protections by state.


Eviction Moratorium Rules and
Tenant Protections by State

State

Eviction Moratorium Rules/Tenant Protections

Alabama

No hold on evictions, emergency rental assistance program in place.

Alaska

No hold on evictions.

Arizona

No hold on evictions.

Arkansas

No hold on evictions, rental assistance programs in place.

California

The law protects tenants from eviction for not paying COVID-19 rental debt due between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. Tenants must meet certain requirements (see source) to be protected from eviction.

Colorado

No hold on evictions, plus landlords must give tenants who have submitted an application for rental assistance 30 days' notice of nonpayment of rent before they can file an eviction suit.

Connecticut

No hold on evictions, landlords must take steps before delivering a notice to quit for nonpayment of rent.

Delaware

No hold on evictions, and housing programs in place.

District of Columbia

Mayor signed an act phasing out the eviction and utility shut off moratoriums.

Florida

No hold on evictions.

Georgia

No hold on evictions, however, individual courts have discretion as to whether eviction hearings can proceed.

Hawaii

No hold on evictions, emergency rental assistance is available.

Idaho

No hold on evictions, but landlords and tenants will be invited to negotiate an agreement through an online portal. Emergency rental assistance is available.

Illinois

No hold on evictions, but tenants and landlords can obtain assistance through the Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP).

Indiana

No hold on evictions, rental assistance is available.

Iowa

No hold on evictions, but an Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program is available.

Kansas

No hold on evictions, but resources and assistance are available.

Kentucky

No hold on evictions, there is a relief fund available, and many utilities have voluntarily agreed to not shut off for nonpayment.

Louisiana

No hold on evictions, Emergency Rental Assistance Program available, the law is constantly changing.

Maine

No hold on evictions, relief program available.

Maryland

No hold on evictions, eviction ban ended August 15, 2021.

Massachusetts

No hold on evictions, courts cannot order an eviction for nonpayment of rent if the tenant has a pending application for rental assistance.

Michigan

No hold on evictions, COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) available.

Minnesota

No hold on evictions, eviction ban only applies to renters who have pending COVID-19 rental assistance applications. Protections will end as of June 1, 2022.

Mississippi

No hold on evictions, rental assistance exists.

Missouri

No hold on evictions, emergency rental assistance available.

Montana

No hold on evictions, Renters can seek relief from the Montana Emergency Rental Assistance program.

Nebraska

No hold on evictions, emergency rental assistance program in effect.

Nevada

No hold on evictions, tenants might be able to delay eviction by showing proof that they have applied for rental assistance.

New Hampshire

No hold on evictions, emergency rental assistance program exists.

New Jersey

No hold on evictions, it is possible to prevent an eviction.

New Mexico

No hold on evictions, a temporary moratorium on eviction if you can provide the court with evidence of your current inability to pay rent.

New York

No hold on evictions, emergency Eviction, and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 ended January 15, 2022.

North Carolina

No hold on evictions, however, there is a HOPE program.

North Dakota

No hold on evictions, financial assistance available.

Ohio

No hold on evictions, relief grants available.

Oklahoma

No hold on evictions, coronavirus aid relief available.

Oregon

Safe harbor bill to delay certain evictions. Landlords must wait 60 days before filing an eviction if the tenant provides documentation of having applied for rental assistance. If the rent remains unpaid after 60 days, the landlord may be able to receive a grant for the rent that accrued during the waiting period.

Pennsylvania

No hold on evictions, emergency rental assistance available.

Rhode Island

No hold on evictions, emergency rental assistance available.

South Carolina

No hold on evictions, COVID-19 housing assistance available.

South Dakota

No hold on evictions, CARES Housing Assistance Program available.

Tennessee

No hold on evictions.

Texas

No hold on evictions, rent relief program available.

Utah

No hold on evictions, housing assistance programs available.

Vermont

No hold on evictions, Emergency Rental Assistance Program (VERAP).

Virginia

Landlords must provide information to tenants when serving a notice for unpaid rent. Until June 30, 2022, landlords cannot evict tenants who apply for or cooperate with the landlord's efforts to apply for the rent relief program.

Washington

No hold on evictions, moratorium "bridge" ended October 31, 2021.

West Virginia

No hold on evictions, rental assistance program exists.

Wisconsin

No hold on evictions, Rental Assistance Program is in place.

Wyoming

No hold on evictions, Emergency Rental Assistance Program is in action.



Find help if you are a renter in need of assistance

If you need emergency rental assistance call 2-1-1 or go to www.211.org. There are also statewide specific programs that can help you with rental assistance, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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