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On January 29, 2021, the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, officially extended the federal government’s moratorium on residential evictions until March 31, 2021. The moratorium began with the CARES Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27, 2020. As part of its comprehensive COVID-19 relief package, the CARES Act provided a 120-day moratorium on residential eviction filings for tenants in qualified rental properties with federal assistance or federally related financing.
The CARES Act evictions moratorium expired on July 24, 2020. The CDC, however, recognizing that eviction moratoriums could be a public health measure used to prevent the spread of COVID-19, issued an order on September 4, 2020, temporarily halting a broader set of evictions than was covered by the CARES Act until December 31, 2020. The CDC’s moratorium was again extended—this time until January 31, 2021—by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 signed into law by President Trump on December 27, 2020.
The CDC’s evictions moratorium generally only covers non-payment of rent or similar housing-related payments such as late payment of fees, penalties, or interest. Residential tenants could still be evicted for violations of local laws or their leases, such as engaging in criminal activity while in their residences, threatening the health or safety of other residents, damaging property or posing an immediate risk of damage to property, violating applicable building codes or health ordinances, and violating any other contractual obligations.
The moratorium does not apply to states or municipalities with moratoriums that provide the same or greater level of public health protection than would be provided by the federal government. Indeed, some states and municipalities have passed moratoriums that offer broader protections than the federal government’s or extend past its current end date.
Below is a state-by-state tracker of active residential eviction moratoriums across the United States and the dates they are scheduled to end. The tracker covers the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Please note that this chart does not account for municipalities that may have issued local moratoriums that are broader than those issued by their states, and therefore supersede the state and federal mandates. We will update this tracker regularly to account for changes to state eviction regulations based on the evolving COVID-19 crisis.
*If you are a renter researching whether you are covered by a residential eviction moratorium, please check with a licensed attorney in your area to determine whether a local or state moratorium, or the federal government’s moratorium, applies to your situation.
Current as of March 10, 2021
Moratorium End Date
No active statewide residential eviction moratorium
June 30, 2021
Moritorium to be lifted once Connecticut’s state of emergency is terminated (April 20, 2021)
Moratorium to be lifted once Delaware state of emergency is terminated
District of Columbia
May 1, 2021 (lifted 60 days after the public health emergency is terminated)
February 21, 2021
March 6, 2021
Moratorium to be lifted once Maryland’s state of emergency is terminated
Moratorium to be lifted once Minnesota’s state of emergency is terminated (March 15, 2021)
March 31, 2021
Moratorium to be lifted two months after the expiration of New Jersey’s state of emergency
Moratorium to be lifted once New Mexico’s state of emergency is terminated (March 5, 2021)
May 1, 2021
Moratorium to be lifted 30 days after Vermont’s state of emergency is terminated (March 15, 2021)
*This is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice.