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Since September, most tenants across the country have been protected from eviction thanks to an unprecedented moratorium on procedures mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Now that ban expires in less than a month, and millions of Americans could find eviction notices on their front doors.
“We’ll see what we’ve stopped so far: this wave of evictions that will only wipe out some of these areas,” said John Pollock, coordinator for the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel.
However, there are a handful of states that will ban evictions beyond June 30th.
New York has extended its eviction moratorium through September for tenants who have suffered a Covid-related setback or for whom moving could pose a health risk. To qualify, tenants must submit a hardship form to their landlord.
New Jersey won’t allow eviction until two months after the state of emergency is lifted, which is expected to occur in mid-June, which means most renters will likely be safe by at least some August.
Most evictions in Vermont are banned until 30 days after the state of emergency ends, which means renters in trouble can stay in their homes until mid-July.
Although Oregon’s eviction ban expires at the end of the month along with the CDCs, renters cannot be evicted for rental debt between April 2020 and June 2021, and they have until the end of February 2022 to make those payments.
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Another way renters can protect themselves from eviction is by getting help from the $ 45 billion pot of money that Congress is making available for struggling tenants.
According to Andrew Aurand, vice president of research at the National Coalition on Low Income Housing.
Ask any program that has assisted you with letting about your rights.
If you’re facing eviction, you can find affordable or free legal assistance at Lawhelp.org. A study in New Orleans found that more than 65% of renters were evicted without legal counsel, compared with just 15% of those who had a lawyer with them at their hearing.
Last month, Washington became the first state to guarantee evicted tenants the right to legal assistance. Tenants in Maryland and Connecticut may soon be eligible for a lawyer too.
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