Many areas have enacted moratoriums, or bans, on evictions during the coronavirus crisis. This is a great relief to many renters who have been financially impacted and are not able to pay their rent right now.
Do I still have to pay my rent?
Yes, if you can. A moratorium on evictions means that your landlord cannot start the eviction process until the moratorium ends. However, rent is still due and you may be subject to eviction when the moratorium ends if you don’t pay the full amount due. If you can pay rent, please pay it. If you can’t, though, these moratoriums can be a lifeline.
More evictions means less ability to practice social distancing and good hygiene, so more evictions could cause more cases of COVID-19. In order to protect everyone, many states have halted evictions and foreclosures so that people can stay safely in their homes during this time.
Here’s the full list of states with pandemic eviction bans.
These areas have enacted eviction moratoriums, as of this writing:
Alabama has enacted an eviction ban. On April 3rd, Governor Kay Ivey signed a proclamation preventing law enforcement officers from removing tenants from their homes. The proclamation will last until the state of emergency has ended.
Alaska has suspended all evictions during the public health disaster emergency. In order to be protected by this eviction moratorium, you must declare that you are “experiencing financial hardship related to the COVID-19 public health disaster emergency.” You can still be evicted for misconduct, violating the law or violating the contract (other than failure to pay rent).
Arizona has stopped evictions for 120 days for tenants who cannot pay their rent due to coronavirus-related problems.
California has a state-wide moratorium on evictions through May 31st.
- Los Angeles has prohibited evictions temporarily and created a citywide rent assistance fund.
- Mountain View has created a $500,000 rental assistance fund.
Colorado has issued an Executive Order temporarily limiting evictions, foreclosures, and public utility disconnections. This Executive Order offers some protection for tenants until April 30, 2020. It also sets aside $3,000,000 to be used for short-term rental and mortgage assistance to low-income people who have been affected financially by COVID-19.
Connecticut has halted all evictions and foreclosures through May 1st.
Delaware has halted evictions until the state of emergency is terminated and the public health emergency is rescinded. The state is also offering up to $1,500 in assistance to help low income households pay their rent or electric bills.
Florida has temporarily stopped foreclosures and evictions for 45 days from the date of the Executive Order. The Order was signed on April 2nd, 2020 and can be extended. The Order only prevents evictions for non-payment of rent.
- Osceola County Sheriff’s Department has announced that it will not enforce any evictions until the emergency situation is over.
Georgia does not have a statewide decision on evictions. However, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has halted residential evictions for 60 days from March 17, 2020.
Hawaii has halted evictions through the end of April. The Hawaii Department of Public Safety’s Sheriff division has stated that they will not enforce evictions until further notice.
Idaho has stopped eviction hearings until April 15 except for evictions involving the illegal delivery, production or use of controlled substances.
Illinois is not enforcing residential evictions during the disaster proclamation.
Indiana‘s Governor has prohibited all residential evictions and foreclosures during the public health emergency. The public health emergency was declared on April 5, 2020.
Kansas has suspended all new foreclosures and evictions until May 1st at least. However, evictions and foreclosures that were already started will be allowed to continue.
Kentucky has suspended all evictions during the emergency.
Louisiana has suspended evictions until April 30th.
Maine will not schedule or hear foreclosure and eviction cases until May 1st.
Maryland has banned evictions during the crisis. They have extended the no-eviction order to include commercial and industrial properties. The Governor has also prohibited lenders from repossessing vehicles and mobile homes.
Massachusetts has stopped most evictions until at least April 21st.
Michigan has stopped eviction action against tenants until April 17th, at least.
Minnesota has stopped new and pending evictions during the emergency.
Missouri has suspended all in-person hearings at the Supreme Court, so it is up to the discretion of the judge whether an eviction will proceed. In Jackson County, courts have ordered that all landlord-tenant issues will be postponed.
Montana Governor Bullock has suspended evictions through at least April 24, 2020. In addition, landlords cannot increase the rent, charge or accrue fees, terminate a tenancy or refuse to renew on a month-to-month basis, report a tenant to a credit bureau and more.
Nebraska has halted evictions through May 31st.
Nevada has suspended evictions during the state of emergency.
New Hampshire has stopped all forms of eviction and foreclosure during the emergency.
New Jersey has ordered that “any lessee, tenant, homeowner or any other person shall not be removed from a residential property as the result of an eviction or foreclosure proceeding.” Evictions can be filed and continued, but enforcement will not happen during the emergency.
New Mexico has placed a temporary moratorium on evictions, as long as you can prove that you are unable to pay rent. Eviction hearings will be held by video or phone.
New York has stopped all evictions until “further notice.” The state has also established a Covid-19 Relief Program.
North Carolina has halted hearings for evictions until April 13th.
North Dakota has ordered that all residential eviction proceedings must be suspended until further order of the court. However, some cases may be allowed to proceed if they can show “good cause” and hearings on those cases will be handled electronically.
Ohio has local restrictions. Cleveland has suspended evictions for two months, for example.
Oklahoma has ordered courts closed, trials cancelled and deadlines extended. However, the courts have the option to use remote hearings during this time.
- Oklahoma County Sheriff has suspended enforcement of residential evictions and the district court has suspended non-emergency court hearings.
Oregon has suspended evictions for non-payment of rent for 90 days, starting March 22, “unless extended.”. Evictions for other reasons will be allowed to proceed.
- Affordable housing provider Home Forward has given renters of their low income housing units a break on rent until May 31. Renters will be able to spread their missed payments over 12 months.
Pennsylvania has declared a judicial emergency. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has ordered that “no eviction, ejectment or other displacement from a residence based on failure to make payment can be made.”
Rhode Island has ordered that the courts will not process any evictions for 30 days, starting on March 19th.
South Carolina has stopped evictions and foreclosures until May 1st, at least. The order states that “case-by-case exceptions for evictions may be made for matters that involve essential services and/or harm to person or property.”
Tennessee has said that nobody can be evicted due to nonpayment except under extraordinary circumstances. This order lasts until April 30th. The Nashville Sheriff’s office has stated that they will not enforce evictions until further notice.
Texas Supreme Court has ordered all evictions to stop.
Utah has suspended evictions for people who have suffered a loss of wages or job, undergone self-isolation or quarantine due to a health order or been diagnosed with COVID-19 as long as they were current on their rent as of March 31st. If you meet those criteria, you cannot be evicted until May 15th.
Vermont has suspended all non-emergency hearings, but emergency landlord-tenant hearings can still be held. It’s up to the local courts.
Virginia has banned evictions through the end of April.
Washington has stopped evictions for non-payment or because the lease has ended. The order lasts until April 17th.
West Virginia has stopped all court proceedings through 4/10.
Washington DC has banned evictions through mid-May.
Wisconsin has ordered no evictions for 60 days, beginning on March 27th.