Did you know... September 14, 2020


That the CDC has banned evictions nationwide through the end of the year?  The ban was issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, using authority granted in a 1944 public health law. The purpose is to prevent homelessness and crowded living conditions that could worsen the spread of COVID-19.  The CDC’s order requires tenants who fall behind on rent to submit a declaration to their landlord that must state that the tenant: 

  • Has used “best efforts” to look for financial assistance.
  • Doesn’t expect to earn more than $99,000 in 2020 (or $198,000 if filing jointly).
  • Can’t pay full rent amount because of lost income or “extraordinary” medical expenses.
  • Has tried to pay as much rent in as timely a manner as possible.
  • Would likely become homeless and have to live in a shelter or some other crowded place if evicted.

As long as the state eviction moratorium is in place, since it provides greater protections to tenants, it will apply.  The current state ban is through October 15th.  The Seattle eviction moratorium, which also provides tenants greater protections, is also through December 31st

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Nothing found herein should be construed as an attempt to offer or render a legal opinion or otherwise engage in the practice of law. You should not rely solely on this information. We encourage our clients to work with a lawyer experienced in commercial and/or residential real estate matters as they can be complicated and confusing.