Tuesday Tip: CDC Halt on Residential Evictions


Posted On: September 8, 2020

Vickie discusses the temporary emergency order that the CDC released on the Federal Register halting residential evictions to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

In the context of a pandemic, eviction moratoria—like quarantine, isolation, and social distancing—can be an effective public health measure utilized to prevent the spread of communicable disease. Eviction moratoria facilitate self-isolation by people who become ill or who are at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 due to an underlying medical condition. They also allow State and local authorities to more easily implement stay-at-home and social distancing directives to mitigate the community spread of COVID-19. Furthermore, housing stability helps protect public health because homelessness increases the likelihood of individuals moving into congregate settings, such as homeless shelters, which then puts individuals at higher risk to COVID-19. The ability of these settings to adhere to best practices, such as social distancing and other infection control measures, decreases as populations increase. Unsheltered homelessness also increases the risk that individuals will experience severe illness from COVID-19.

Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions To Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19. Federal Register website. Issued September 4th, 2020.

Read the official document, Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions To Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19.

And here’s a copy of the official .PDF

If you were about to conduct or process an eviction, you may want to wait until you or your legal team have fully read this document. It applies to all residential rental properties in the United States, with a few exceptions.

Stay tuned on our website to see a breakdown of all the differences between THIS ORDER and the Federal Eviction Moratorium that ended on July 24th, 2020.

You can also refer some of our past blog posts as a refresher on the guidelines of the Moratorium that ended on July 24th, 2020.

Posts on the Eviction Moratorium, ended July 24th

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