On September 1st, 37 days after the expiration of the CARES Act moratorium, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an -agency order, halting evictions for some renters who meet specific criteria. The CDC issued the agency order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The agency order took effect on September 4, 2020 and will run through December 31, 2020.

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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