Section 4024 of the CARES Act stopped non-payment of rent evictions (and stopped imposing fees and penalties for non-payment of rent) for 120 days beginning on March 27 for many tenants receiving Federal rental assistance including the Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, and Project-Based Voucher programs. The 120-day eviction moratorium expires this Saturday, July 25, meaning Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and landlords may begin issuing 30-day notices to vacate for non-payment of rent after July 25, 2020.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has encouraged tenants, landlords, and PHAs to work together to minimize the impact of the CARES Act eviction moratorium ending. Tenants should contact their PHA notifying them of any reduction of income due to the pandemic. Landlords and PHAs should reach out and coordinate with tenants concerning unpaid rent, including potential repayment agreements. PHAs should also consider implementing retroactive recertifications and informing their tenants of their availability.
Below are links to HUD and NAHRO eviction moratorium and eviction prevention resources:
- NAHRO Webinar – ReOpen: Eviction Prevention
- HUD Eviction Prevention and Stability Toolkit
- HUD COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (Revision 5)
- NAHRO / NHLP Information For Public Housing and Voucher Tenants on the Eviction Moratorium Flyer
NAHRO continues to provide the latest housing related COVID-19 information at www.nahro.org/coronavirus.