CDC Officially Extends Eviction Moratorium

Regulation | February 01, 2021 | by Juliana Bilowich

The extended eviction moratorium runs until March 31, 2021.

On January 29, the CDC ordered an extension to the temporary halt in residential evictions until March 31. The eviction moratorium began in September and shields renters from eviction due to non-payment of rent. The CDC order comes after an Executive Order by President Biden instructing the CDC to extend the moratorium until at least the end of March.

In a media statement, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky called the pandemic a "historic threat" that is exacerbated by housing instability. By extending the temporary eviction moratorium, the CDC has offered continued relief to the many households impacted by COVID-19. The extension is largely the same as the previous order, although expanded to cover American Samoa and including more data and projections. 

The CDC order also extends the eligibility criteria for eviction protections: Under the CDC moratorium, households must self-certify that they are eligible for the relief based on five criteria, including being at risk of housing instability or homelessness and being financially impacted by COVID-19; in a Feb 1 communication to stakeholders, HUD stated that residents who previously submitted the self-certification shouldn't need to resubmit it. As with the preious order, evictions for reasons other than non-payment of rent can still proceed under the CDC order.

LeadingAge strongly supports the extended eviction protections and is working with the Treasury Department to provide much-needed rent relief to older adults with low incomes, as well as to senior housing providers. More information about the CDC's extension is available here, and more information about the original moratorium is available here