On September 1 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a nationwide eviction moratorium that will be in effect until Dec. 31, 2020. NMHC has partnered with Holland & Knight LLP to provide our members with answers to their questions about the CDC’s order.
This Order greatly expands previous federal efforts to restrict evictions, while addressing several critical issues for housing providers. Unlike the moratoriums under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the order applies to all buildings, including single-family rentals — not just those that are federally related. The CDC characterizes this moratorium as a "temporary halt in residential evictions," which emphasizes that all eligible tenants who opt in to the protections must still pay rent in accordance with their lease, and may be subject to fees, penalties or interest for missing payments.
Eligibility and opt-in procedures are detailed in the document. The CDC order supersedes and preempts any moratorium on residential evictions that provides a lesser level of public-health protections