Updated March 1, 2021

As the economic impacts of the pandemic continue to be felt across the nation, the federal government took new measures to help Americans facing financial hardships by extending the eviction moratorium through at least March 31, 2021.

The pandemic has led to as many as 14 million Americans struggling to pay for necessities like rent and utilities. With millions at risk of evictions or homelessness in the past year, the federal government has taken steps to minimize the hardships of the coronavirus crisis on tenants across the nation by implementing the eviction moratorium, placing holds on utility payments and freezing late rent fees.

If you are facing eviction during coronavirus, it’s important to know your rights as a tenant and understand how the eviction moratorium affects you. Keep reading for a state-by-state guide to your rights and resources for the federal eviction moratorium.

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What is the eviction moratorium?

The CDC issued an extension on the federal eviction moratorium through at least March 31, 2021.  This gives renters two more months from the initial January 31 deadline for halting evictions.

The eviction moratorium prohibits landlords from evicting tenants who meet the following criteria:

  1. The renter has used their best efforts to obtain government assistance for rent or housing.
  2. The renter meets at least one of the following criteria:
    1. Earned no more than $99,000 in annual income in 2020 (or no more than $198,000 if filing jointly).
    2. Was not required to report any income in 2019 to the IRS.
    3. Received a stimulus check (Economic Impact Payment) from the CARES act in 2020.
  3. The renter is unable to pay full rent due to substantial income loss, lost work or wages, or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses.
  4. The renter is using their best effort to make partial payments on time that are as close as possible to the full payment amount (taking other non-discretionary expenses into account).
  5. Eviction would likely cause the renter to become homeless, or force the renter to live in close quarters in a shared living setting since they have no other options.
  6. The renter must still make a housing payment as agreed under their lease or contact, and fees, penalties or interest for not paying rent on time can still be charged or collected.
  7. The renter is required to pay back the late rent amount in full at the end of the eviction moratorium period.

Renters will need to provide this declaration form to their landlord.

Your local state, territory or tribal government may offer eviction protections that are longer than the federal minimum protections, so it’s important to check your state’s specific eviction policies to see if you are protected from eviction for longer than the federal minimum of March 31, 2021.

Federal eviction resources

Alabama eviction laws

State-specific eviction protections expired in Alabama on June 1, 2020. However, the federal eviction moratorium has been extended through March 2021. 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.

  • Utility protection: No, but utilities are expected to assist with past-due accounts after the state of emergency ends.
  • State eviction hold: No. Expired in June 2020 (Abiding by federal eviction moratorium, expiring March 31, 2021).

Alabama eviction resources

Alaska eviction laws

According to the Alaska Court System, evictions resumed in Alaska in July 2020 after state tenant protections expired. However, the extension of the federal eviction moratorium means Alaskans can stay in their rentals until at least March 31, 2021.

  • Utility protection: No. Expired November 15, 2020.
  • State eviction hold: No. Expired July 2020 (Abiding by federal eviction moratorium, expiring March 31, 2021).

Alaska eviction resources

Arizona eviction laws

Arizona eviction protections expired on October 31, 2020. However, qualified renters may still be able to receive state assistance through the Arizona Department of Housing. Renters in Arizona will be able to stay in their rentals through at least March 31, 2021, due to the eviction moratorium extension passed by the Biden administration.

  • Utility protection: No. Protections have ended but many providers are choosing to extend protections through the pandemic.
  • State eviction hold: No. Expired Oct. 31, 2020 (Abiding by federal eviction moratorium, expiring March 31, 2021).

Arizona Eviction Resources

Arkansas eviction laws

Arkansas never implemented a statewide eviction protection, but the federal eviction moratorium has been extended until at least March 31, 2021. Arkansas tenants will be able to stay in their rentals until at least then.

  • Utility protection: Yes. The Arkansas Public Service Commission suspended disconnects until the end of the emergency.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Arkansas eviction resources

California eviction laws

While the federal eviction moratorium has been extended through at least March 31, 2021, California eviction protections have recently been extended through June 30, 2021.  This means that California residents will be able to stay in their homes through at least then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form. However, tenants who’ve had financial hardships between September 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021 are expected to pay at least 25% of their rent to remain protected under the eviction moratorium.

  • Utility protection: Yes. Until April 16, 2021.
  • State eviction hold: Yes. Until June 30, 2021.

California eviction resources

Colorado eviction laws

In Colorado, landlords cannot charge tenants late rent fees through January 31, 2021. Although Colorado eviction protections expired on December 20, 2020, the federal eviction moratorium extension means Colorado residents will be able to stay in their homes until at least March 31, 2021. Although Colorado does not have statewide utility protections, many service providers have announced that no late fees or disconnects will occur during the crisis.

  • Utility protection: No. Many service providers have suspended late fees and disconnects until after the crisis.
  • State eviction hold: No. Expired Dec. 20, 2020 (Abiding by federal eviction moratorium, expiring March 31, 2021).

Colorado eviction resources

Connecticut eviction laws

By order of the Governor of Connecticut, state evictions were extended through at least February 9, 2021. However, the federal eviction moratorium has been extended through at least March 31, 2021, meaning Connecticut residents will be able to stay in their homes through at least then.

Although utility protections expired October 31, 2020, the statutory Winter Protection Plan prevents heat shutoffs through May 1, 2021.

  • Utility protection: Some. Heating is protected through May 1, 2021.
  • State eviction hold: Yes. Until February 9, 2021.

Connecticut Eviction Resources

Delaware eviction laws

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.

Utility providers in Delaware vary depending on the providers.

  • Utility protection: Varies by provider,
  • State eviction hold: Yes. Until March 10, 2021.

Delaware Eviction Resources

District of Columbia eviction laws

Lawmakers in the District of Columbia have suspended evictions until 60 days after the end of the state of emergency. Additionally, landlords are barred from sending notice to vacate letters while the eviction suspension is in effect. Utility shut offs have also been extended through March 31, 2021.

  • Utility protection: Yes. Until March 31, 2021.
  • State eviction hold: Yes. Until 60 days after the state of emergency.

District of Columbia eviction resources

Florida eviction laws

Although the Florida eviction ban expired on October 1, 2020, the federal eviction moratorium has been extended through March 31, 2021. Floridians can stay in their homes without eviction until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration forms.

Although there is no statewide utility protection, many utility providers have announced that they will not shut off services during the crisis.

  • Utility protection: No. Many service providers have privately suspended disconnects during the crisis.
  • State eviction hold: No. Expired October 1, 2020 (Abiding by federal eviction moratorium, expiring March 31, 2021).

Florida eviction resources

Georgia eviction laws

Although Georgia never enacted a statewide eviction ban, the federal eviction moratorium means Georgians are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021.

Georgians can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration forms. Georgia Public Service Commission has not released any information regarding utility protections; tenants can contact individual providers for details.

  • Utility protection: No. Tenants should contact individual providers for details.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium, expiring March 31, 2021

Georgia eviction resources

Hawaii eviction laws

By Order of the Governor of Hawaii, state evictions were extended through at least Feb 14, 2021. However, the federal eviction moratorium has been extended through at least March 31, 2021, meaning Hawaii residents will be able to stay in their homes through at least then so long as they fill out the proper declaration forms. Hawaii utility protections expired on December 31, 2020.

  • Utility protection: No. Expired on December 31, 2020.
  • State eviction hold: Abiding by federal eviction moratorium, expiring March 31, 2021.

Hawaii eviction resources

Idaho eviction laws

Although Idaho never enacted a statewide eviction ban, the federal eviction moratorium means Idaho residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Idaho residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration forms.

Although 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.

  • Utility protection: No, but payment information by county is available.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium, expiring March 31, 2021.

Idaho eviction resources

Illinois eviction laws

By Order of the Governor of Illinois, state evictions were extended through at least February 6, 2021, unless the tenant poses a direct threat to people or property.

However, the federal eviction moratorium has been extended through at least March 31, 2021, meaning Illinois residents will be able to stay in their homes through at least then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form. Illinois utility protections have been extended through March 31, 2021. Note that these protections do not ban utilities from charging late fees.

  • Utility protection: Yes. Until March 31, 2021.
  • State eviction hold: Yes. Until February 6, 2021 (Overridden by federal eviction moratorium, expiring March 31, 2021).

Illinois eviction resources

Indiana eviction laws

Although Indiana evictions resumed in August 2020, the state provided relief funds of up to $2,000 through the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program. The federal eviction moratorium means Illinois residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Illinois residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form. Although the Illinois utility shut off ban expired in August 2020, utility providers were required to extend payments through deadlines October 2020.

  • Utility protection: No. Expired August 2020.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium, expiring March 31, 2021.

Indiana eviction resources

Iowa eviction laws

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 federal eviction moratorium means Iowans are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Illinois residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form. 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.

  • Utility protection: No. Expired November 20, 2020.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium, expiring March 31, 2021.

Iowa eviction resources

Kansas eviction laws

By Order of the Governor of Kansas, state evictions were extended through at least January 26 2021. However, the federal eviction moratorium has been extended through at least March 31, 2021, meaning Illinois residents will be able to stay in their homes through at least then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form. Kansas utilities providers are required to offer payment plans.

  • Utility protection: No, but payment plans must be offered.
  • State eviction hold: No. Ended January 26, 2021 (Abiding by federal eviction moratorium, expiring March 31, 2021).

Kansas eviction resources

Kentucky eviction laws

By Order of the Governor of Kentucky, state evictions were extended through August 25, 2020. However, the federal eviction moratorium has been extended through at least March 31, 2021, meaning Kentucky residents will be able to stay in their homes through at least then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

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.

  • Utility protection: No, but many utility providers are still providing services.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Kentucky eviction resources

Louisiana eviction laws

Although the Louisiana eviction moratorium expired June 15, 2020, the federal eviction moratorium means Louisiana residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Louisiana residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

The Louisiana Public Service Commission ended shut off suspensions, but waived unpaid late fees between March 13 and July 16, 2020.

  • Utility protection: No, but waived unpaid late fees between March 13 and July 16, 2020.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Louisiana eviction resources

Maine eviction laws

Although evictions may proceed in Maine, notice periods have been extended during the crisis. Additionally, the federal eviction moratorium means Maine residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Maine residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

Maine’s utility shut offs expired November 1, 2020, but standard winter restrictions took effect on November 1, 2020.

  • Utility protection: No, but standard winter restrictions have been in place since November 1, 2020.
  • State eviction hold: No, abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Maine eviction resources

Maryland eviction laws

Maryland evictions have been suspended for the entire duration of the coronavirus state of emergency. Additionally, the federal eviction moratorium means Maryland residents are safe from eviction through at least March 31, 2021, but possibly further contingent on the end of the state of emergency. According to the federal moratorium, Maryland residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

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.

  • Utility protection: No, but 12-month payment plans offered.
  • State eviction hold: Yes. Until federal eviction moratorium expires on March 31, 2021, or the end of state of emergency.

Maryland eviction resources

Massachusetts eviction laws

Although the Massachusetts eviction moratorium expired October 17, 2020, the federal eviction moratorium means Massachusetts residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Massachusetts residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities ended shut off suspensions in November.

  • Utility protection: No. Expired in November 2020.
  • State eviction hold: No. Expired October 17, 2020 (abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021).

Massachusetts eviction resources

Michigan eviction laws

Although the state did not offer eviction protections, proceed, the federal eviction moratorium means Michigan residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Michigan residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

The Michigan Public Services Commission ended utility shut off protections in July 2020.

  • Utility protection: No. Ended in July 2020.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Michigan eviction resources

Minnesota eviction laws

Minnesota evictions have been suspended for the entire duration of the coronavirus state of emergency. Additionally, the federal eviction moratorium means Minnesota residents are safe from eviction through at least March 31, 2021, but possibly further contingent on the end of the state of emergency. According to the federal moratorium,

Minnesota residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form. Minnesota’s state-regulated utilities are required to provide consumer protections through the state of emergency.

  • Utility protection: Yes. Through state of emergency.
  • State eviction hold: Yes. Until federal eviction moratorium expires on March 31, 2021, or the end of state of emergency.

Minnesota eviction resources

Mississippi eviction laws

Although Mississippi eviction protection expired June 1, 2020, the federal eviction moratorium means Mississippi residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Mississippi residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

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.

  • Utility protection: No, but residents are encouraged to set up payment plans.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Mississippi eviction resources

Missouri eviction laws

Although Missouri does not have state eviction protections, the federal eviction moratorium means Missouri residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Missouri residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

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.

  • Utility protection: No. Policies vary by utility provider.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Missouri eviction resources

Montana eviction laws

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. Additionally, the federal eviction moratorium means Montana residents are safe from eviction through at least March 31, 2021, but possibly further contingent on the end of the state of emergency. As per the federal moratorium, Minnesota residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

According to the Montana Public Services Commission, Montana residents cannot be disconnected or charged utility late fees due to nonpayment.

  • Utility protection: No. However, Montana residents cannot be disconnected due to nonpayment.
  • State eviction hold: Yes. Until end of the state of emergency but must meet certain criteria.

Montana eviction resources

Nebraska eviction laws

Although Nebraska eviction protections expired May 31, 2020, the federal eviction moratorium means Nebraska residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

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.

  • Utility protection: No, but low-income residents encouraged to look into the Keep Nebraskans Connected Pledge for free or reduced price services.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Nebraska eviction resources

Nevada eviction laws

By order of the Governor of Nevada, a moratorium on evictions has been placed through at least March 31, 2021, the same date as the federal eviction moratorium. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

Nevada’s suspension on utility disconnects expired in September 2020. Residents are encouraged to use NV Energy’s FlexPay allowance.

  • Utility protection: No. Expired September 2020.
  • State eviction hold: Yes. Until March 31, 2021

Nevada eviction resources

New Hampshire eviction laws

Although New Hampshire eviction protections expired July 1, 2020, the federal eviction moratorium means New Hampshire residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

New Hampshire has winter utility rules that make it difficult to disconnect customers during the winter months, which end on March 31, 2021.

  • Utility protection: No, but winter rules make disconnects difficult through March 31, 2021.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

New Hampshire eviction resources

New Jersey eviction laws

By order of the Governor of New Jersey, a moratorium on evictions has been placed through the end of the state of emergency plus two months.

Additionally, utility shutoff bans have been extended through March 15, 2021. Utility shut offs are completely banned if a school-age child is using cable or telecommunications for educational purposes.

  • Utility protection: Yes. Until March 15, 2021.
  • State eviction hold: Yes. Until two months after the end of state of emergency is declared.

New Jersey eviction resources

New Mexico eviction laws

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, but the federal eviction moratorium means New Mexico residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

Although there are no statewide utility shut off protections, many providers have voluntarily suspended shutoffs.

  • Utility protection: No, but many providers have voluntarily suspended shutoffs.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

New Mexico eviction resources

New York eviction laws

The New York COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 extended the state eviction moratorium until May 1, 2021, over a month after the federal eviction moratorium which expires March 31, 2021. New York has banned utility shut offs due to nonpayment for the duration of the state of emergency plus 180 days.

  • Utility protection: Yes. Until the end of the state of emergency +180 days.
  • State eviction hold: Yes. Until May 5, 2021.

New York eviction resources

North Carolina eviction laws

Although North Carolina eviction protections expire on January 31, 2021, the federal eviction moratorium means North Carolina residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form. Utility providers were able to start enforcing nonpayment bans on Sep. 1, 2020.

  • Utility protection: No. Utility shut off bans ended September 1, 2020.
  • State eviction hold: Yes. Until March 31, 2021 (abiding by federal eviction moratorium, expiring March 31, 2021).

North Carolina eviction resources

North Dakota eviction laws

Although North Dakota did not have statewide eviction protections, the North Dakota Supreme Court extended eviction hearings to 45 days after summons were issued. The federal eviction moratorium extension means North Dakota residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

There are no utility shut off bans, but the North Dakota Public Services Commission has provided financial assistance resources for residents.

  • Utility protection: No, but residents are encouraged to apply for financial assistance.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

North Dakota eviction resources

Ohio eviction laws

Although Ohio did not have statewide eviction protections, the federal eviction moratorium extension means Ohio residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

However, 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.

  • Utility protection: No, but the Winter Reconnect Order prevents gas shut offs until April 15, 2021.
  • State eviction hold: No, abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Ohio eviction resources

Oklahoma eviction laws

In Oklahoma, evictions can proceed but those filing for eviction must certify that the property is not covered under the CARES act. However, the federal eviction moratorium extension means Oklahoma residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

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.

  • Utility protection: No, but residents are encouraged to contact utility companies directly.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Oklahoma eviction resources

Oregon eviction laws

Oregon legislators have recently extended the eviction ban through June 30, 2021,  longer than the federal eviction moratorium which ends March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

Although there are no statewide utility protections, some utility providers are voluntarily suspending disconnects.

  • Utility protection: No, but certain providers are suspending disconnects.
  • State eviction hold: Yes. Until June 30, 2021.

Oregon eviction resources

Pennsylvania eviction laws

Although the Pennsylvania eviction ban expired on Aug. 31, 2020, the federal eviction moratorium extension means Pennsylvania residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

Utility shutoff bans expired on November 9, 2020, but utility providers must complete a list of steps before shutting off renter’s utilities.

  • Utility protection: No, but service providers must complete a list of steps before shutting off utilities.
  • State eviction hold: No, abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Pennsylvania eviction resources

  • Reading Rental Assistance: Application for rent assistance in the city of Reading (still accepting applications as of Jan. 21, 2021).

Rhode Island eviction laws

Although the Rhode Island eviction ban expired on June 1, 2020, the federal eviction moratorium extension means Rhode Island residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

Statewide utility shutoff bans expired on Nov. 1, 2020, but the winter moratorium on utility shut offs will be in effect until April 15, 2021.

  • Utility protection: No, but winter moratorium on utility shut offs valid through April 15, 2021.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Rhode Island eviction resources

South Carolina eviction laws

In South Carolina, evictions can proceed but those filing for eviction must certify that the property is not covered under the CARES act. However, the federal eviction moratorium extension means South Carolina residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

Statewide utility shut off bans expired on May 14, 2020.

  • Utility protection: No. Expired on May 14, 2020.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

South Carolina eviction resources

South Dakota eviction laws

In South Carolina, no statewide eviction protections have been put in place. However, the federal eviction moratorium extension means South Carolina residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

No statewide utility shut off bans have been put in place, but residents are encouraged to contact utility providers directly for financial assistance.

  • Utility protection: No. Residents are encouraged to contact utility providers directly.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

South Dakota eviction resources

Tennessee eviction laws

In Tennessee, no statewide eviction protections have been put in place. However, the federal eviction moratorium extension means Tennessee residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

The Tennessee Public Utility Commission's utility shutoff ban expired on August 10, 2020.

  • Utility protection: No. Expired Aug. 10, 2020.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Tennessee eviction resources

Texas eviction laws

In Texas, statewide eviction protections expired on May 19, 2020. However, the federal eviction moratorium extension means Texas Residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

The Public Utility Commission of Texas has allowed utility disconnections for nonpayment as of October 1, 2020.

  • Utility protection: No. Shutoffs allowed as of October 1, 2020.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Texas eviction resources

Utah eviction laws

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. The federal eviction moratorium extension means Utah Residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

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.

  • Utility protection: No, but primary service providers are extending deadlines and disconnections if payment plans are maintained.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Utah eviction resources

Vermont eviction laws

Vermont legislators have extended the state eviction ban until the end of the state of emergency plus 30 days. Additionally, the statewide utility protection is in place until March 31, 2021.

  • Utility protection: Yes. Until March 31, 2021.
  • State eviction hold: Yes. Until the end of the state of emergency +30 days.

Vermont eviction resources

Virginia eviction laws

In Virginia, statewide eviction protections expired on December 31, 2020. However, the federal eviction moratorium extension means Virginia Residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

Additionally, the statewide utility protection is in place until 60 days after the end of the state of emergency.

  • Utility protection: Yes. Until 60 days after the end of the state of emergency.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Virginia eviction resources

Washington eviction laws

By Order of the Governor of Washington, residential evictions have been extended until March 31, 2021, the same date as the federal eviction moratorium extension means Virginia Residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form. Additionally, the statewide utility protection is in place until April 30, 2021.

  • Utility protection: Yes. Until April 30, 2021.
  • State eviction hold: Yes. Until March 31, 2021.

Washington eviction resources

West Virginia eviction laws

In West Virginia, no statewide eviction hold was put in place. However, the federal eviction moratorium extension means West Virginia residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form. The Public Service Commission of West Virginia has allowed utility termination since July 1, 2020.

  • Utility protection: No. Utility termination has been allowed since July 1, 2020.
  • State eviction hold: No, but abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

West Virginia eviction resources

Wisconsin eviction laws

In Wisconsin, the temporary ban on eviction expired on May 26, 2020. However, the eviction moratorium extension means Wisconsin residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form. Additionally, the statewide utility protection is in place until April 15, 2021.

  • Utility protection: Yes. Until April 15, 2021.
  • State eviction hold: No. Abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Wisconsin eviction resources

Wyoming eviction laws

In Wyoming, no statewide eviction moratorium was put in place. However, the federal eviction moratorium extension means Wyoming residents are safe from eviction through March 31, 2021. Residents can stay in their homes until then so long as they fill out the proper declaration form.

Statewide utility protections have been suspended since March 26, 2020, allowing discontinuation of services and charging of late fees.

  • Utility protection: No, expired March 26, 2020.
  • State eviction hold: No, abiding by federal eviction moratorium expiring March 31, 2021.

Wyoming eviction resources

CDC eviction ban FAQ

The CDC eviction ban is being consistently updated and altered, which can make it hard to know exactly where you stand. Find out answers to some common COVID-19 eviction-related questions below.

Will the CDC eviction moratorium be extended?

The current CDC eviction moratorium was extended until at least March 31, 2021 by the CDC. However, President Biden is expected to ask congress to extend the moratorium through September 2021.

Can I rent an apartment after being evicted?

Yes, you can rent an apartment after being evicted. While eviction isn’t an easy thing to deal with, it’s possible to find future apartments that accept evictions. You may not be able to explicitly search for property owners than accept evicted tenants, but you can look for landlords that don’t require a background check, since this is where your eviction is most likely to show up.

Can your landlord evict you?

It’s illegal for landlords to physically evict you, but in some states, courts are allowing evictions when you’ve received an order to leave after the eviction case has taken place in court. It’s important to remember that an eviction notice is different from an actual eviction — a notice doesn’t mean you have to move out.

Do I qualify for the eviction moratorium?

In order to qualify for the eviction moratorium, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Used your best efforts to obtain government assistance for housing
  2. Are unable to pay full rent due to substantial income loss
  3. Used your best effort to make partial rent payments on time
  4. Would likely become homeless if evicted
  5. Meet at least one of the following criteria:
    1. Earned no more than $99,000 in annual income in 2020 (or no more than $198,000 if filing jointly)
    2. Was not required to report any income in 2019 to the IRS
    3. Received a stimulus check (Economic Impact Payment) from the CARES act in 2020

A temporary solution

The federal eviction moratorium is an unprecedented move to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep families in their homes. Depending on your state’s eviction laws and the state resources available, you may be able to get the extra time you need to get back on your feet during the pandemic.

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