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CDC: Eviction Ban Stops Only Physical Tenant Removal

Here's a look at the U.S. Center for Disease Control's list of frequently asked questions about the eviction moratorium.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its eviction moratorium that runs until Dec. 31, 2020. It clarifies that the judicial part of the eviction process can be “carried out according to state and local laws and rules,” and that “eviction does not include foreclosure on a home mortgage.”

According to the CDC, the FAQs aren’t a “comprehensive summary of the duties and obligations under the Order,” but simply guidance. Still, the FAQs state that the order isn’t “intended to prevent landlords from starting eviction proceedings, provided that the actual eviction of a covered person for non-payment of rent does NOT take place during the period of the Order.”

The details are covered in the second question, “What does CDC mean by ‘eviction’?”

The order also provides more information on the people covered by the eviction order and how they must use the protection, along with a link to a form CDC created that tenants can fill out.

It states that tenants must continue to fulfill their obligations during the eviction ban, including any rental payments.

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