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Coronavirus: On March 27, 2020, Congress stopped evictions for not paying rent in many federally funded housing programs

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Read about the Federal moratorium on evictions. For the next 120 days (4 months), a landlord may not try to evict you if you have not paid the rent in certain types of housing programs. #6337EN

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I live in Washington State. Should I read this?

This is in addition to Governor Inslee's moratorium on eviction for nonpayment of rent. That moratorium applies to all renters in Washington State. Congress' action does not.

How does this federal moratorium help me?

For the next 120 days (4 months), a landlord may not try to evict you if you have not paid the rent in these types of programs:

  • Public housing

  • Section 8 Project-Based Housing

  • Section 8 Vouchers

  • Low Income Housing Tax Credit

  • Rural Development

  • HOME funded

  • Section 202 (elderly housing)

  • Section 811 (disability)

  • Houses or apartments with a federal loan guarantee from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or FHA

  • Other programs funded by federal financial assistance (check your rental agreement)

 

*It might be hard to figure out what type of housing you live in. In most of these programs, your rent is based on how much you make.

If you live in a building with 5 or more units, you can use this tool to find out what type of housing you live in: https://projects.propublica.org/covid-evictions/

If you live in a building with fewer than 5 units, ask your landlord or check your lease, or call your local public housing authority for more information.

 

  • A landlord may not serve you with a notice of unlawful detainer for nonpayment of rent.

  • A landlord may not go to court to get a writ against you for nonpayment of rent.

  • A landlord may not charge you late fees or other charges related to nonpayment of rent, or evict you for not paying these fees.

Can the landlord evict me for any other reason during the moratorium?

It is unclear at this time. This area of the law is new and still developing. If you are facing eviction for any reason, or if any of the things listed above happens to you anyway, get legal help right away.

Can the landlord evict me for nonpayment of rent when the moratorium ends?

This is also unclear at this time. You will need to talk to a lawyer.

Where can I get legal help?

I lost my job or lost income due to the pandemic. Should I still be paying the same amount of rent?

You can ask to have your rent recalculated so that you pay less rent. Use the sample forms.

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Last Review and Update: Jun 03, 2020
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