WHAT IS THE EVICTION MORATORIUM?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a temporary eviction moratorium from September 4, 2020 until December 31, 2020. There will be a halt on all eviction orders in hopes of preventing the spread of the virus, protecting all renters, tenants and those who lease during this COVID-19 pandemic.
However, this does not mean that all renters are exempted. We must remember that the moratorium only applies to reasons of non-payment. There are still certain eligibility requirements that renters need to follow and even if tenants qualify, landlords can still try to evict them for a few reasons other than nonpayment of rent.
THE EVICTION MORATORIUM TO LANDLORDS AND PROPERTY OWNERS
Landowners and Property owners are very worried that abusive renters and tenants will take advantage of this moratorium. No need to worry though, because the moratorium only covers those who are unable to pay their rent. Other reasons such as neglect, damages and theft can still be grounds for eviction.
The property manager can still file for an eviction notice even if the tenant needs to be evicted due to non-renewal or non-payment. All they have to do is inform the process serving company if there is a signed declaration of testimony.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU HAVE A NON PAYING TENANT OR RENTER?
The best thing for you to do is to follow the eviction moratorium. Failure to acknowledge the eviction moratorium can lead to criminal penalties of up to a year in jail and hefty fines from $100,000 to a whopping $500,000.
Don’t worry, you can still discuss payment arrangements with your tenants and renters.
WHAT IF THE TENANT PRESENTS A DECLARATION?
The property manager should document it and inform the process serving company ASAP so that everything will be properly recorded.
If the tenant or renter submits this to anyone connected to you, the landlord or property owner, then it’s a valid submission and admission that you’ve received it.
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