Effective since September 4, 2020, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) issued a temporary halt on residential evictions through and including December 31, 2020. The Eviction Moratorium applies nationally to state, local, territorial, or tribal area that does not have a moratorium with the same or a greater level of protection on residential evictions. The order does not apply to American Samoa, which has reported no cases of COVID-19, until such time as cases are reported.

Under this Order, a landlord, owner of a residential property, or other person with a legal right to pursue eviction or possessory action, shall not evict any covered person from any residential property in any jurisdiction to which this Order applies during the effective period of the Order.

This order is to prevent the further spread of COVID -19 and does not relieve any individual of the obligation to pay rent, make a housing payment or comply with any other obligation to the lease or similar contract. Furthermore, housing stability helps protect public health because homelessness increases the likelihood of individuals moving into congregate settings, such as homeless shelters, which then puts individuals at higher risk to COVID-19.

If you have further questions, please consult your legal counsel.

Source: Federal Register: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions To Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19