United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced Sept. 4 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ordered a halt in residential evictions through Dec. 31, 2020, to tenants meeting certain criteria in USDA multi-family housing properties.
The CDC guidance applies to tenants who certify that they meet the following criteria:
- All adults in the household have attempted to obtain any available government assistance for rent;
- The household meets income limits of $99,000 per individual or $198,000 per couple;
- The household is unable to pay full rent due to a loss in household income or extraordinary medical expenses;
- Timely partial payments have been attempted;
- Eviction would likely make the household homeless or force them into an unsafe shared living arrangement.
If properties are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 and tenant inability to pay, USDA will continue to accept forbearance requests under the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act through Dec. 31, 2020.