Coronavirus Information

Click here to download the quick facts about the eviction moratorium in both English and Spanish.

Click here for the text-only version.

Haga clic aquí para leer los datos breves en español.

Federal Eviction Moratorium

The Center for Disease Control has issued a federal eviction moratorium until June 30th, 2021. The moratorium applies only to non-payment of rent, and does not forgive rent or prohibit landlords or property owners from charging late fees.

In order to qualify for the eviction protection, the tenant will need to sign a sworn statement, provided by the Agency Order, certifying the following qualifications:

  • The tenant has used their best efforts to obtain available government assistance for rent or housing;
  • The tenant was eligible to receive an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check) under the CARES Act, or has an annual of no more than $99,000 for an individual, or $198,000 for a family
  • The tenant is not able to pay the full rent due to substantial loss of income, wages, or hours, or because of extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses (unreimbursed medical expenses exceeding 7.5% of AGI for the year)
  • The tenant is using their best efforts to make partial rent payments
  • The tenant has no other available housing options and if evicted, would need to move into a new residence shared by other people who live in close quarters, or would have to move into a homeless shelter.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has the CDC eviction moratorium fact sheet and declarative statement translated into several languages. Find these translations here.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Pennsylvania renters, landlords, and utility providers may be eligible to receive aid if they have been affected by the pandemic and economic insecurity. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is now taking applications. Pennsylvanians can apply online through COMPASS.

Some counties are not using the COMPASS application. If your county is not using COMPASS, you will be automatically directed to your local ERAP agency contact.

To get more information about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, visit the PA DHS.

The Utility Moratorium has ended, find more resources from the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project.

Evictions in Pennsylvania

If you are facing eviction in Pennsylvania, contact your local legal aid office immediately. Search for your provider by county by visiting the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network’s website.

For an overview of the eviction process in Pennsylvania, PALawHelp.org has provided an overview of the legal process.

List of Rent Relief Programs in Each Pennsylvania County.

List of homeless services program contacts in Pennsylvania.

If you are struggling to pay your utility bills, protection from shut off and assistance may be available. Click to visit Utility Protections and Resources.

For help and other resources, call 211 or visit www.211.org. Additional programs offered in Pennsylvania are available on the state’s website: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals.

If you are facing eviction in Philadelphia, please contact the Tenant Union Representative Network or the Community Legal Services Housing unit for assistance.