South Carolina works on housing aid as CDC eviction moratorium set to expire
Renters protected from eviction during the coronavirus pandemic will lose their eviction protections at the end of the month if the federal government doesn’t make a move to extend them.
The CDC first issued its eviction moratorium on Sept. 4, extending it once through Jan. 31, then again through the end of March.
“I haven’t heard any updates about extending the moratorium, so we’re expecting it to expire at the end of the month,” said Mark Fessler, an attorney working with S.C. Legal Services. “From a legal point of view, once the CDC moratorium expires there is no legal protection for renters and people affected by COVID.”
Fessler has helped consult for the state Bar, which has put up a hotline to help people with eviction and housing-related legal questions. Anyone seeking help with a housing-related matter can call 833-958-2266 to leave a message and get connected with qualified people who can provide free legal help.