It should be noted that about 20% of tenants said they did not pay last month’s rent, according to a survey published in March by the Census Bureau.
If a tenant received a stimulus check in 2020 or 2021, they did not have to report any income to the IRS in 2020, or earned less than $ 99,000 as an individual or $ 198,000 as a joint file, they are protected by the national ban on eviction.
To invoke this protection, and in case “you are unable to pay the rent, you must provide the declaration to its owner as soon as possible”, says Emily Benfer, a specialist in evictions and a visiting professor of law at Wake Forest University, speaking to CNBC.
The CDC’s ban on evictions has been criticized for lack of proper enforcement of the law, with several tenants continuing to be evicted from their homes. Still, with this extension of the moratorium, regulators, including the Consumer Financial Protection Office and the Federal Trade Commission have promised to crack down on violations by homeowners. And in the new declaration form, landlords are threatened with fines and imprisonment if they fail to comply.
Yet, the rent must continue to be paid. In the sense that, the CDC order does not exempt you from your obligation to pay rent. In the event of the impossibility of payment, many areas already had existing lease assistance funds, and it will be through one of them that tenants must apply for new assistance.
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