The federal administration offered some clarification over what landlords can do regarding eviction proceedings. While the moratorium is still very much in play until the end of the year, landlords can initiate eviction proceedings in court before it expires.
“If court proceedings are allowed to take place ahead of time, some landlords could be permitted to kick tenants with unpaid rent out the moment they are allowed on Jan. 1, the Post reports.”
Bisnow.com reports that the clarification may have been issued as a response to recent dismay from groups such as the National Apartment Association.
“While the CDC‘s moratorium, which the agency said it put in place to prevent a public health crisis that an increase in the country’s homeless population could cause, has indeed forestalled an eviction wave, it hasn’t been supported by rental assistance legislation that both landlords and tenants agree is necessary.”
The CARES Act which passed earlier this year giving Americans financial relief, also offered a 120-day moratorium on evictions. There was a 30-day notice period if landlords wanted to evict after the moratorium.
However, the current moratorium imposed by the CDC does not offer such a grace period meaning landlords can evict on Jan. 1 if they start eviction proceedings ahead of time.