The national eviction ban has been extended through July. Who’s eligible?

The national eviction ban, which has been in place since September of 2020, has been extended by the CDC through July. Who’s eligible?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week extended the national moratorium on evictions through the end of July and struggling renters will have a little more time before they have to worry about eviction. Do you qualify?

The policy that has been in place for nine months and was previously slated to expire on June 30 prohibits almost all evictions for nonpayment of rent. Are you eligible?

According to CNBC, to get the protection from eviction, you’ll need to attest on a declaration form that you meet a few requirements, such as having earned less than $99,000 in 2020 or 2021.

You’ll need to have experienced financial hardship during the coronavirus pandemic, such as a reduction in hours at work, having lost your job, or high medical expenses.

Renters must also confirm that an eviction could lead to them becoming homeless or needing to double up with family or others and that they’ve already tried to apply for rental assistance.

Once you have filled in the form it should go to your landlord.

If you are already facing eviction, experts say you should try speaking to your landlord, and if he ignores the moratorium’s extension, get a lawyer as soon as possible. Low-cost or free legal help regarding eviction in your state can be found at Lawhelp.org.

What else can you do?

If you are struggling to pay your rent you should apply for rental assistance. The National Low Income Housing Coalition has a state-by-state list of the 429 programs giving out money for struggling renters, and you could receive up to 18 months of assistance.

In addition to the CDC’s ban on evictions, which will likely last until August, a number of states and cities have moratoriums or other protections for renters that will last longer, so you should familiarize yourself with your other rights as well.

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