Updated January 18, 2022
On August 27, 2021 the Supreme Court struck down the most recent version of the CDC’s national eviction moratorium. This moratorium was specific to counties with high levels of coronavirus transmission and was intended to go through October. The Supreme Court’s ruling means that there is no eviction moratorium in place at the national level. The previous CDC federal eviction moratorium expired on July 31, 2021.
However, as of January 18, 2022, the state of Minnesota still has some protections in place for low income renters. If you are facing eviction during coronavirus, it’s important to know your rights as a tenant and understand how local housing protection programs may affect you. Keep reading for a state-by-state guide to your rights and resources.
Use the interactive map or dropdown menu to find state-specific updates and resources.
State-specific eviction protections expired in Alabama on June 1, 2020. On March 17, 2020 the Alabama Public Services Commission stated that no customers will experience utility interruptions during the coronavirus crisis and that assistance will be granted with past-due accounts.
After the end of the crisis, utility assistance will be up to the service provider.
According to the Alaska Court System, evictions resumed in Alaska in July 2020 after state tenant protections expired.
Arkansas never implemented a statewide eviction protection.
California eviction protections were extended through September 30, 2021 but have now expired.
In Colorado, landlords cannot charge tenants late rent fees through January 31, 2021. Statewide eviction protections expired December 20, 2020. Although Colorado does not have statewide utility protections, many service providers have announced that no late fees or disconnects will occur during the crisis.
By order of the Governor of Connecticut, state evictions were extended through June 30, 2021.
By order of the Governor of Delaware, landlords may file eviction lawsuits but courts must decline them. Additionally, landlords cannot charge late fees and law enforcement officers cannot remove tenants. This eviction ban expired July 13, 2021.
Utility providers in Delaware vary depending on the providers.
Lawmakers in the District of Columbia suspended evictions until 60 days after the end of the state of emergency. As of October 27, there are no remaining eviction protections for D.C. residents.
The Florida eviction ban expired on October 1, 2020.
Although there is no statewide utility protection, many utility providers have announced that they will not shut off services during the crisis.
Georgia never enacted a statewide eviction ban.
The Georgia Public Service Commission has not released any information regarding utility protections; tenants can contact individual providers for details.
By Order of the Governor of Hawaii, state evictions were extended through at least August 6, 2021. Hawaii utility protections expired on December 31, 2020.
Idaho never enacted a statewide eviction ban.
The Idaho Public Service Commission has not announced a statewide utility policy, they have published information by county for Idaho residents looking for payment assistance.
The statewide eviction moratorium in Illinois expired on October 3, 2021.
Although Indiana evictions resumed in August 2020, the state provided relief funds of up to $2,000 through the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program. Although the Illinois utility shut off ban expired in August 2020, utility providers were required to extend payments through October 2020 deadlines.
Although Iowa eviction protections expired in May 2020, the state provided relief funds for up to four months and $3,200 (the relief fund has now closed). The Iowa Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program provided Iowans with up to $2,000 worth of assistance for utilities bills, but the deadline for applications was November 20, 2020.
By Order of the Governor of Kentucky, state evictions were extended through August 25, 2020.
Although Kentucky utility shutoff bans expired on October 20, 2020, many utility providers are still providing services through the crisis to those who are behind on payments.
The Louisiana eviction moratorium expired June 15, 2020.
The Louisiana Public Service Commission ended shut off suspensions, but waived unpaid late fees between March 13 and July 16, 2020.
Although evictions may proceed in Maine, notice periods were extended during the crisis.
Maine’s utility shut offs expired November 1, 2020, but standard winter restrictions were in effect through April 15, 2021.
Maryland evictions were suspended for the entire duration of the coronavirus state of emergency.
Although Maryland’s utility shut off protections ended November 15, 2020, utility providers are required to offer a payment plan of at least 12 months.
The Massachusetts eviction moratorium expired October 17, 2020 but tenants with a pending rental assistance application are currently protected from eviction.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities ended shut off suspensions in November.
Michigan did not offer eviction protections.
The Michigan Public Services Commission ended utility shut off protections in July 2020.
Minnesota evictions have been suspended for the entire duration of the coronavirus state of emergency. However, they have started an eviction “off-ramp” which tapers off eviction moratorium protections over several months from July 2021 to June 2022. Renters are encouraged to verify the expiration deadlines for their particular situation through Minnesota Housing.
Minnesota’s state-regulated utilities are required to provide consumer protections through the state of emergency.
Mississippi eviction protection expired June 1, 2020.Mississippi has not provided utility shutoff protections at the state level, but residents are encouraged to set up a payment plan directly with providers if they are struggling to pay their bills.
Mississippi has not provided utility shutoff protections at the state level, but residents are encouraged to set up a payment plan directly with providers if they are struggling to pay their bills.
Missouri does not have state eviction protections. Missouri has not provided utility shutoff protections at the state level, but residents are encouraged to check the Missouri Public Service Commission website to find financial assistance.
By Order of the Governor of Montana, evictions and utility shut offs have been suspended for the entire duration of the coronavirus state of emergency. However that eviction ban has now expired. According to the Montana Public Services Commission, Montana residents cannot be disconnected or charged utility late fees due to nonpayment.
Nebraska eviction protections expired May 31, 2020.
Nebraska has not provided a state-level utility protection plan, but residents are encouraged to look into companies agreeing to the Keep Nebraskans Connected Pledge.
By order of the Governor of Nevada, a moratorium on evictions expired May 31, 2021.
Nevada’s suspension on utility disconnects expired in September 2020. Residents are encouraged to use NV Energy’s FlexPay allowance.
New Hampshire eviction protections expired July 1, 2020.
New Hampshire has winter utility rules that make it difficult to disconnect customers during the winter months, which ended on March 31, 2021.
By order of the Governor of New Jersey, a moratorium on evictions was in place through the end of the state of emergency plus two months.
The moratorium was designed to taper off over time based on the Average Median Income of households.
Utility shutoff bans expired July 31, 2021.
New Mexico courts have a temporary eviction moratorium, so long as you are able to provide the court with evidence that you are unable to pay rent. The Governor of New Mexico extended the state eviction moratorium until February 5, 2021.
Although there are no statewide utility shut off protections, many providers have voluntarily suspended shutoffs.
The New York COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 extended the state eviction moratorium until January 15, 2022. New York also banned utility shut offs due to nonpayment for the duration of the state of emergency plus 180 days.
North Carolina eviction protections expired on January 31, 2021. Utility providers were able to start enforcing nonpayment bans on Sep. 1, 2020.
Although North Dakota did not have statewide eviction protections, the North Dakota Supreme Court extended eviction hearings to 45 days after summons were issued.
There are no utility shut off bans, but the North Dakota Public Services Commission has provided financial assistance resources for residents.
Ohio does not have statewide eviction protections.
The Ohio Supreme Court has allowed lower courts to continue with residential evictions. Ohio does not have utility shutoff protections, but the Winter Reconnect Order prevents gas shutoffs through April 15, 2021.
In Oklahoma, evictions can proceed but those filing for eviction must certify that the property is not covered under the CARES act.
Oklahoma does not have utility shutoff protections, but the Oklahoma Public Utility Division has encouraged residents to contact their utility provider regarding an adjusted COVID-19 payment plan.
Oregon legislators have recently extended the eviction ban through July 31, 2021.
Although there are no statewide utility protections, some utility providers are voluntarily suspending disconnects.
The Pennsylvania eviction ban expired on August 31, 2020.
Utility shutoff bans expired on November 9, 2020, but utility providers must complete a list of steps before shutting off renter’s utilities.
The Rhode Island eviction ban expired on June 1, 2020.
Statewide utility shutoff bans expired on Nov. 1, 2020, but the winter moratorium on utility shut offs were in effect until June 25, 2021.
In South Carolina, evictions can proceed but those filing for eviction must certify that the property is not covered under the CARES act.
Statewide utility shut off bans expired on May 14, 2020.
In South Dakota, no statewide eviction protections have been put in place.
No statewide utility shut off bans have been put in place, but residents are encouraged to contact utility providers directly for financial assistance.
In Tennessee, no statewide eviction protections have been put in place.
The Tennessee Public Utility Commission utility shutoff ban expired on August 10, 2020.
In Texas, statewide eviction protections expired on May 19, 2020.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas has allowed utility disconnections for nonpayment as of October 1, 2020.
In Utah, no statewide eviction protections have been put in place. However, landlords are required to submit a COVID Eviction Declaration Form to the court in order to evict tenants. In Utah, low-income households may qualify for assistance with the Home Energy Assistance Target (HEAT) program. Although no statewide utility protections are in place, the main utility provider for Utah, Rocky Mountain Power, has extended late fee deadlines and service disconnections if customers establish payment plans.
Vermont legislators have extended the state eviction ban until the end of the state of emergency plus 30 days. Unfortunately this ban has expired.
In Virginia, statewide eviction protections expired on December 31, 2020.
Additionally, the statewide utility protection is in place until 60 days after the end of the state of emergency.
The Governor of Washington, has announced an eviction moratorium “bridge” which tapers off protections over several months. Renters are encouraged to verify the expiration deadlines for their particular situation.
In West Virginia, no statewide eviction hold was put in place. The Public Service Commission of West Virginia has allowed utility termination since July 1, 2020.
In Wisconsin, the temporary ban on eviction expired on May 26, 2020. The statewide utility protection was in place until April 15, 2021.
In Wyoming, no statewide eviction moratorium was put in place. Statewide utility protections have been suspended since March 26, 2020, allowing discontinuation of services and charging of late fees.