Tomorrow morning, the CDC is expected to announce a new CDC Order providing a moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent and other fees.
Please Note: The CDC Order will not apply in any State, local, territorial, or tribal area with a moratorium on residential evictions that provides the same or greater level of public-health protection than the requirements listed in this Order. Nor does this order apply to American Samoa, which has reported no cases of COVID-19, until such time as cases are reported.
A draft of the Federal Register Notice was released yesterday (Wednesday, September 2, 2020) and the final version may include some edits or changes.
You can view the unpublished version at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/09/04/2020-19654/temporary-halt-in-residential-evictions-to-prevent-the-further-spread-of-covid-19
This CDC Moratorium On Evictions For Non-Payment Of Rent And Other Fees is separate from the moratorium provided under the CARES Act, which is still in effect for those properties under forbearance.
Basically, the draft of the CDC Order indicates that a resident family may be exempt from eviction for non-payment of rent and other fees. To invoke the CDC’s Order, residents must provide an executed copy of the Declaration Form (or a similar declaration under penalty of perjury) to their landlord, owner of the residential property where they live, or other person who has a right to have them evicted or removed from where they live. The Declaration Form requires the resident to agree that he/she:
The CDC provides a form, but owner/agents may create their own form. If you use the CDC version, please keep in mind that this is an OMB form and should not be modified. Each adult listed on the lease, rental agreement, or housing contract should complete and provide a Declaration.
A copy of the form is available on our COVID-19 Resource page at https://www.rbdnow.com/resources/covid-19. At this time, the CDC has not provided the form in alternative languages.
After reviewing the draft of the CDC Order, we see no requirement to proactively inform residents about the CDC Order, however, that may change when the final version is released.
Please keep in mind that the CDC Order is in place to circumvent further spread of COVID-19. An explanation of the CDC objective is included in the Federal Register.
Under 18 U.S.C. 3559, 3571; 42 U.S.C. 271; and 42 CFR 70.18, a person violating the CDC Order may be subject to a fine of no more than $100,000 if the violation does not result in a death or one year in jail, or both, or a fine of no more than $250,000 if the violation results in a death or one year in jail, or both, or as otherwise provided by law. An organization violating the CDC Order may be subject to a fine of no more than $200,000 per event if the violation does not result in a death or $500,000 per event if the violation results in a death or as otherwise provided by law. The U.S. Department of Justice may initiate court proceedings as appropriate seeking imposition of these criminal penalties.