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.
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 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.