BREAKING: CDC issues a nationwide eviction moratorium through the end of December 2020.
This order does not override any jurisdictions that have the same or greater protections for tenants.
Eligibility: Tenants will have to declare their inability to pay via a CDC form to their landlord. Tenants are eligible if they a) earn less than $99k annually or less than $198k household, b) were not required to report income in 2019, OR c) received a stimulus check.
Important shortcoming: "Nothing in this Order precludes the charging or collecting of fees, penalties, or interest as a result of the failure to pay rent or other housing payment on a timely basis, under the terms of any applicable contract."

= We still need to #CancelRent
Important shortcoming: "These persons may also
still be evicted for reasons other than not paying rent or
making a housing payment."

= We need to keep a keen eye on informal evictions, and a potential uptick in non-rent-related filings
Two things are true at once:

1. This eviction moratorium will save lives and will protect tens of millions of people (albeit for a relatively short period of time).

2. Trump is using this to win the election. Everything about this is political.
Still processing: I worry about retaliation. A lot. What happens when a tenant brings the declaration the landlord, and the landlord follows the order but takes out frustration on their tenant? Messes with utilities? Removes the doors? What are the penalties?
To the people asking whether this is real / the CDC has the authority to do this: This is real. And there are going to be real questions and legal challenges about the CDC taking this action. But that doesn't necessarily preclude the order from taking effect on Sept. 4.
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