TAA provides preliminary guidance on CDC eviction moratorium

CDC Order temporarily halting most nonpayment evictions goes into effect this Friday
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the direction of the President, filed an order in the Federal Register Tuesday to temporarily halt residential evictions.

The order goes into effect this Friday, September 4. It will bar evictions of renters until December 31, 2020. Read NAA’s quick breakdown on the Order (TAA member login required) and what you need to know.

NAA and TAA have prepared preliminary guidance and FAQs to help members understand what the Order includes and what it requires. There are still a number of unanswered questions about the Order and how it will be implemented; this is an evolving situation and we encourage members to stay tuned for updated information as it becomes available.

The preliminary guidance and FAQs includes information about:

  • The types of evictions limited under the Order, and what rental properties, owners and companies it applies to
  • Which residents are covered under the Order, and what they are required to do to be covered
  • Which evictions are allowed under the Order 
  • How the Order impacts property operations like fees, late charges, notices and more
  • How the Order impacts other state or local requirements related to evictions

The Order does NOT eliminate the resident’s obligations under the lease. Housing providers may charge late fees or other penalties for nonpayment of rent.

We continue to encourage TAA members to be aware of the likelihood of actions triggering media coverage, to work with residents to avoid evictions where possible, and to consult with their legal counsel for additional guidance.

As we've seen throughout the pandemic, there has also been a heightened interest from the media, as well as tenant advocacy groups, in evictions and other actions by rental housing providers.
 
At the same time, we understand and share your concerns about how this new Order will impact your business. If you have examples of how you’ve been affected by past orders, please reach out to governmentaffairs@taa.org and share your experience. Concrete examples are invaluable in our advocacy efforts.

FREE TAA/NAA "Understanding the CDC's Order" webinar 2 p.m. CDT September 10
Reserve your space now for the free 90-minute webinar, "Understanding the CDC's Order," scheduled Thursday, September 10  at 2 p.m. CDT.  This webinar is sponsored by TAA and NAA and features TAA General Counsel Sandy Hoy, Hoover Slovacek Equity Partner Howard Bookstaff and NAA experts who will provide the latest updates on the CDC Order, plus any new developments in Texas.

Speak up for your industry and for rental assistance
Look for more information after Labor Day about NAA’s latest advocacy efforts to urge Congress and the Administration to return to the negotiating table and appropriate sufficient emergency rental assistance to fill the gap created in thousands of rental housing communities around the nation.

Questions? TAA has a dedicated email for members with coronavirus-related questions: COVID-19@taa.org