The Trump administration will ban evictions of tenants who are unable to pay rent through the end of the year with a broad new order under the CDC’s public health powers, Politico reported. The agency order would impose criminal penalties on landlords who violate the ban.
- Eligibility: Tenants must file a form to their landlord declaring they cannot pay rent, have availed themselves of available assistance, and make less than $99,000 per year or have received a federal coronavirus aid check earlier this year.
- Worth Noting: Evictions for reasons other than nonpayment of rent will be allowed to proceed. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the action will affect up to 40 million renters.
- What comes next: Housing advocates cheered the news while reiterating their call for rental assistance to avoid massive payments of back rent in the future. Mnuchin said the White House supports assistance payments, but negotiations between the administration and Congress over new economic relief legislation broke down last month. [Politico+TRD]