How The National Eviction Moratorium Could Impact Houston Renters

September 3, 2020

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ordered a national eviction moratorium, halting evictions for many renters effective September 4 and extending through the end of 2020.

Renters need to meet certain criteria — they must make under $99,000 or have received a stimulus check, and they must be unable to pay rent due to loss of income. The moratorium doesn’t remove the obligation to pay rent, so tenants still need to make payments, but it does temporarily stop evictions proceedings from taking place.

The move could have a big impact on Houston, the largest city in the country without eviction protections during the COVID-19 pandemic, after the Texas Supreme Court let its statewide moratorium expire in May. Renters also make up half the city’s population.

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