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Temporary stop of COVID-19 evictions: what you need to know

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Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a temporary order to stop evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the order provides relief to a large group of Americans, there are some important things to remember.

First, the order only protects renters who meet certain requirements and who sign a form and give it to their landlord. Second, landlords can still charge late fees during the temporary relief period. Third, if you break certain terms of your lease, you may still be evicted. Fourth, the CDC order doesn’t apply to homeowners facing foreclosure, so contact your lender or servicer for options. And finally, the CDC protections don’t apply if you live in an area that already has the same or better eviction protections, so you should check on your local housing policies.

Remember: the relief is temporary. Right now, evictions are put on pause, but only until December 31. If you’re like millions of other Americans who may not be able to afford to pay your rent in January, here are some things you should know about the eviction process:

  • Your landlord can take you to court if you don’t pay. Even if you don’t have the money to pay the past-due rent, your landlord can ask a judge to force you to pay or have the right to evict you.
  • If you’re facing eviction, you still have rights. The first step in most evictions is a written notice. Check with your local court system for more details about the eviction process. You also may qualify for free legal services and be able to speak to a lawyer to learn about your rights.

And here are some tips for what you can do next if you missed rent payments because of the pandemic:

  • Find out more about rental assistance programs. There may be local programs that offer rental assistance and other help.
  • Watch for people who say they can help you pay your rent. If you spot a scam please tell the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

 

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Thank you all very much for all the info i get, stay safe and stay healthy!!

Evictions are still happening in large numbers in Colorado.
Attorneys have found loopholes in both the cdc order and Governor Polis order.
Me and my family qualify for both orders.
And we’re taken to court on a veracity hearing.
We submitted evidence showing we paid rent way past first shut down.
But we’re unable too Continue Making regular payments after we came down with covid and lost jobs. We are under the care of Dr’s for pulmonary and cardiac issues do to the virus.
Magistrate refused to look at evidence showing we paid rent well past the shut down and only stopped after job loss and we were sick.
We qualified for both orders on every count.
Ordered eviction to proceed.
There are over 200 evictions scheduled in my county alone.
Many landlords are being advised by magistrates to file squatters violations against tenants . Even though there is a lease . And they are then granted a writ to evict.
It is criminal and judicial corruption that is happening.
In direct violation of the cdc order and the governors order.
Many will die if the Governor doesn’t do an emergency order to stop all evictions with exception for criminal activity.
Families who are already sick are being put in life threatening homeless situations .
And there civil and constitutional rights are being trampled upon.
I pray this reaches eyes and ears that will cry out to our Governor to save these families.
About to be homeless in Colorado

You may qualify for free legal services and be able to speak to a lawyer to learn about your rights.

I am 66 years old, i can't work because of health problems, my husband cnt work because of multiple health problems he has had for over 30years, he has applied for social security disability, that he very much deserves, he had to stop working a few months ago, we are very behind on our rent, i applied at a local rental assistance office, we submitted our documents that were needed, we qualified on every level, we were told that we would hear something, from them in about 10 business days, its been over a month now, i have e-mailed and called several times, and always had to leave a message, no one has got back to me at all, to let me know anything, my landlady is losing patience with us, we will be homeless, there is no one to help us.. Im scared to death that the same thing thats happening to other people, will happen to us as well, and we will be evicted anyway, i will be on the street with a very sick husband

You may qualify for free legal services and be able to speak to a lawyer to learn about your rights.

You can also call the US Administration on Aging hotline that helps older adults find services. Call  1-800-677-1116, or go to www.Eldercare.ACL.gov. 

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