Temporary CDC Eviction Moratorium
(September 4, 2020 – December 31, 2020)
Fact Sheet

The CDC released an emergency order to stop residential evictions from September 4, 2020 through December 31, 2020 to
help stop the spread of COVID-19. The order stops landlords/property managers/owners (landlords) from evicting or
taking action to cause the removal of tenants/lessees/residents (tenants) from their homes in many circumstances. The
order DOES NOT automatically protect a tenant or all tenants. Tenants must take steps in order to be protected under
the moratorium. If you are being evicted, Legal Action may be able to help you. Call us at (855) 947-2529.

How does the order protect tenants?

  • If a tenant is covered by the order, their
    landlord cannot:

    • Give a notice terminating tenancy
    • File an eviction action in court
    • Pursue an eviction because the tenant did
      not follow a previous eviction hearing
      agreement (stipulation)
    • Deliver or otherwise cause an already
      issued eviction (writ of restitution) to be
      carried out by the sheriff
    • Take any other action to remove or cause
      the removal of a covered tenant

What does the order not do?

  • The order does not forgive rent or prohibit late
    fees. Any rent or fees that are owed during the
    moratorium will continue to add up and will
    need to be addressed to avoid
  • Tenants must still attempt to pay rent and meet
    other requirements under their lease
  • Tenants can still be evicted after the moratorium

Protections DO NOT apply to:

  • Homeowners that can’t pay their mortgages
  • People being evicted for criminal activity on the premises
  • People threatening the health or safety of other residents
  • People damaging property or those that pose an immediate/significant risk of damage to property
  • People violating building code, health ordinances,
    or regulations about health and safety
  • People violating other contract obligations other
    than nonpayment of rent, late fees, penalties or

Getting protection under the order

  • To be protected by the moratorium, tenants
    must truthfully complete a declaration form (see
  • The tenant must give that declaration to the
    landlord. The tenant should keep a copy of the
    form and proof they gave it to the landlord as
    soon as they knew they couldn’t pay rent

Who is covered under the order?

To qualify and obtain protection you must be able to
sign a declaration form, certifying under penalty of

  1. You have tried your best to get government help
    for rent or housing
  2. You have earned less than $99,000 ($198,000
    joint filers) in 2020; OR You did not have to file
    taxes with the IRS in 2019; OR You got a CARES
    stimulus check
  3. You can’t pay because you lost income, had layoffs, or had extraordinary medical expenses
  4. You are trying your best to make partial
  5. If you are evicted, you likely have no other
    options other than to become homeless, use a
    homeless shelter or move into a place with others
    in close contact.
  6. You understand you must still pay rent and any
    fees or interest under the lease agreement or
  7. You understand at the end of the temporary
    order, after December 31, 2020, the landlord can
    require payment in full, and if you don’t pay, you
    can be evicted
  8. You understand that false or misleading
    statements can lead to criminal and civil actions,
    including fines, penalties, damages or
    imprisonment. (These are the consequences for
    perjury (lying)

Declaration Forms and Fact Sheets

English/Inglés/Askiv Spanish/Español/Lus Mev Hmong
Declaration Form
Declaración del inquilino para Moratoria Temporal de Desalojo del CDC/Declaration Form
Ntawv tshaj tawm ua lus Hmoob/Declaration Form
Fact Sheet
Moratoria Temporal de Desalojos del CDC/Fact Sheet
DC Tsab Ntawv Ncua Kev Ntiab Tawm Tsev Ib Ntus/Fact Sheet