The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended its temporary agency order placing a moratorium on residential evictions through June 30, 2021 as a protective public health measure due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Renters should contact HIP’s certified housing counselors to determine if they qualify for the moratorium, and to complete the necessary paperwork, which includes a Declaration of your Covid hardships. The CDC Declaration must be completed and mailed to your landlord in order to be protected.

Criminal Penalities

Under 18 U.S.C. 3559, 3571; 42 U.S.C. 271 and 42 CFR 70.18, a person violating this Order may be subject to a fine of no more than $100,000 in the violation does not result in a death or one year in jail, or both, or a fine of no more than $250,000 if the violation results in a death or one year in jail, or both, or as otherwise provided by law. An organization violating this Order may be subject to a fine of no more than $100,000 in the violation does not result in a death or one year in jail, or both, or a fine of no more than $250,000 if the violation results in a death or one year in jail, or both, or as otherwise provided by law. The U.S. Department of Justice may initiate court proceedings as appropriate seeking imposition of these criminal penalties.

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Renters will continue to owe any unpaid rent amounts that continue to accrue. The order does not preclude landlords from charging or collecting late fees, penalties and interest. Renters can still be evicted for other reasons, such as violating conditions of their lease (other than timely payment of rent), damaging property, or engaging in criminal activity. Renters with leases that have expired could also be evicted if their landlord refuses to renew the lease.

Please note that any State of Maryland protections for renters will still apply. Contact HIP’s housing counselors if you would like assistance with completing the Declaration Form.

Montgomery County Office: 301-916-5946

Prince George’s County Office: 301-699-3835