Arizona renters hurt by COVID-19 and struggling to pay rent shouldn't have to worry about losing their homes until 2021 due to a new federal action delaying most evictions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is banning evictions starting Sept. 4 . The order is to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus by keeping renters from becoming homeless or from living in unsafe, crowded homes.
New eviction ban rules
To qualify for the CDC moratorium, tenants must sign a declaration saying they:
- Lost income during the pandemic.
- Can’t make full rent payments.
- Will try to make partial rent payments.
- Applied for rental help.
- And an eviction would leave them homeless or in cramped, unsafe living conditions.
Under the CDC rules, renters can’t earn more than $99,000 a year to qualify. Couples, who file joint tax returns, can make twice that much and qualify.
To regulate the new moratorium, federal officials say tenants can be fined $100,000 for lying on their declaration forms, and landlords can be fined as much for breaking the ban, Bridge said.
The new federal moratorium is supposed to protect the nation's 43 million rental households until Dec. 31.
Both the Arizona and federal eviction moratoriums still allow landlords to evict for criminal activities, threatening the health or safety of other renters and damaging property.
Payments still due
When the eviction ban ends in 2021, tenants will owe landlords all of their missed rent payments.
Housing advocates are encouraging renters to at least make partial payments if that’s all they can afford.
But without more aid, most renters may be unable to catch up. And many landlords may not be able to keep their rentals.
Below is the Order, as published in the Federal Register.