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Eviction moratorium status

Everyone’s life has been affected in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic, and renters are near the top of that list. To help with housing and public health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) enacted an eviction ban last September, which provided renters with an Eviction Protection Declaration that they could fill out and provide to their landlords.

The United States Supreme Court struck down the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) eviction moratorium on August 26, 2021. Landlords may now move forward with eviction proceedings for nonpayment of rent from July 2021 onward. 

Many states and counties have taken matters into their own hands by placing their own moratoriums on evictions, late fees, and shutting off utilities. The table below attempts to capture the latest information for renter protections state-by-state. This information changes often, so please also click on the link for rent relief by your state, and/or contact the legal aid organization in your area.

In addition, the National Apartment Association (NAA) advises that any tenants who have suffered hardships related to COVID-19 should reach out to their landlords to discuss their situation. Your landlord may have additional policies in place or be willing to reduce/forgive/delay rent beyond federal, state, and local regulations.

Rent relief by state for all 50 states

AlabamaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Emergency Rental Assistance Alabama
AlabamaLegalHelp.org
Alabama’s Corona Virus Relief Fund
Public Service Commission states that there will be no utility shut-offs during the pandemic and that it will help customers with past due accounts after the crisis.
AlaskaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Check out Alaska’s COVID-19 page for the latest information.
Alaska’s Covid-19 Utility Information page
2021 Rent relief programs
ArizonaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Resources for Arizona residents
Arizona’s utility assistance and rental assistance
The ban on utility disconnects has ended. Some individual providers are holding off on disconnects and offering assistance to customers. Check with your provider.
ArkansasHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No.
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Arkansas rental assistance
CaliforniaHold on evictions: Yes, through 9/30/21
Hold on utility shutoffs: Yes, through 9/30/21
Local ban information by county or city
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
California’s Eviction ban extension and utility shut-off moratorium through 9/30/2021
California’s rental assistance California COVID-19 Housing
California Public Utilities Commission
ColoradoHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Colorado’s utility information by county or city
Colorado’s Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP)
Covid-19 information and updates
By order of the governor: Tenants who have applied for rental assistance must be given 30 days’ notice of nonpayment prior to filing for an eviction suit.
ConnecticutHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Governor order for new steps that landlords must take before delivering an eviction notice as well as other protections.
Connecticut’s rent assistance and Covid-19 information page
DelawareHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Delaware rental assistance
Delaware State Housing Authority
District of ColumbiaHold on evictions: Yes
Hold on utility shutoffs: Yes
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
The mayor has signed an act phasing out the eviction ban and utility shutoff moratorium
See the DC Public Service Commission for Covid-19 updates
D.C.’s rent and utility assistance
FloridaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Florida’s Covid-19 housing information site
Florida state website
You can contact your local SHIP office for funding assistance.
GeorgiaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Georgia’s rental assistance program and utility assistance
Check the State of Georgia Public Service Commission’s website for a list of GA services that have been suspended disconnections due to COVID.
HawaiiHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
COVID-19 rent relief status: Governor’s order
Learn more about Hawaii’s response to the pandemic on the state’s website. Answers to FAQs and additional resources can be found here.
IdahoHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Idaho’s rental assistance and utility assistance
Ada county landlords and tenants involved in eviction proceedings can negotiate an agreement through their online portal.
IllinoisHold on evictions: Yes, until 10/3/2021
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Illinois’ rental assistance and utility assistance
More Covid-19 information at Illinois Housing Development Authority
By order of the governor, starting August 1, 2021, landlords can file eviction lawsuits for nonpayment of rent. Law enforcement cannot enforce evictions, though, until September 18, 2021. (Also see Executive Orders 2021-13 and 2021-14 for details.)
IndianaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes 
For assistance, see Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and their COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program.
IowaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Iowa’s rent and utility assistance
Resource guide
Rent and utility assistance for residents of Polk County and the City of Des Moines
KansasHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Kansas’ rent assistance and utility assistance
Kansas Eviction Prevention Program, (KEPP).
KentuckyHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Kentucky’s rent assistance program and utility assistance program
Many utilities have agreed to not shut off for nonpayment. Contact your utility provider for options.
LouisianaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Louisiana’s COVID-19 rent assistance information and utility assistance program here.  
Covid information and updates here.
MaineHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Utilities may not shut off service, and Maine has created a rent relief program.
MarylandHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
For assistance, visit here.
For more information visit Maryland Attorney General’s consumer alert.
Massachusetts Hold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Massachusetts’ rent assistance and utility assistance
See here for info on the Boston Relief fund.
MichiganHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Michigan’s rent assistance program and utility assistance
Michigan Legal Help here.
MinnesotaHold on evictions: Yes, through 9/12/2021
Hold on utility shutoffs: Maybe – visit the utility protections site listed below for more information
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
As of 8/13/2021 MN legislation passed an “eviction off ramp” law stating that landlords can terminate the lease of renters who are behind on their rent and not eligible for Covid relief help. As of 9/12/2021, they can also file for evictions.
See Housing Support in the state of Minnesota for more information. For consumer utility protections during the COVID-19 emergency, visit here.
MississippiHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Mississippi’s rent assistance and utility assistance programs
For additional resources including Mississpi’s Coronavirus Hotline, visit here.
MissouriHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Missouri’s rent assistance program and here as well.
MontanaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
For rent relief assistance, see Montana Coronavirus Relief Program.
Visit Montana Public Service Commission’s website for information on your utility status.
NebraskaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Nebraska’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program
For additional information and help contact Legal Aid of Nebraska. For information on your utility company, visit here.
NevadaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Nevada’s rent assistance and utility assistance
For additional resources regarding how Nevada is handling the current pandemic with respect to housing, learn more.
New HampshireHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
For rent relief support, see New Hampshire’s Housing Relief Program.
For additional resources regarding how New Hampshire is handling the current pandemic with respect to housing, learn more.
New JerseyHold on evictions: Yes, until end of emergency + 2 months
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
New Jersey’s rent assistance and utility assistance programs
COVID-19 rent relief status: Governor Executive Order No. 103 stops evictions until the order is no longer in effect. In addition, renters can use their security deposit toward rent due during or up to 60 days after the public health emergency. 
For additional resources regarding how New Jersey is handling the current pandemic with respect to housing, learn more.
New MexicoHold on evictions: Yes
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
New Mexico’s rent assistance and utility assistance programs
Additional resources are here.
Temporary moratorium on eviction. Provide evidence of current inability to pay rent at your court hearing regarding eviction petition. Eviction hearings by video or phone, unless otherwise requested.
New YorkHold on evictions: Yes, through 1/15/22
Hold on utility shutoffs: Yes, during the state of emergency + 180 days
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
New York’s rent assistance and utility assistance programs
COVID-19 rent relief status: Governor order on moratorium evictions has been extended until 1/15/22. The security deposit may be used to cover unpaid rent, collecting late fees, and repaying unpaid rent. 
For additional resources and FAQs about your status as a renter in New York, read here. 
North CarolinaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
For rent assistance resources, visit the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, HOPE program, and for free legal support, visit here.
North DakotaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
For rent relief support, click here, for general FAQ questions here, and for information on support for utilities see here.
Financial assistance for phone or internet service.
OhioHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
COVID-19 rent relief status: Ohio Supreme Court order eviction ban expired 9/4/2020.
For Ohio state rent relief support information visit here.
OklahomaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Oklahoma’s rent assistance program
Go here to find out more: Oklahoma’s COVID-19 resources and assistance website.
OregonHold on evictions: No (Multnomah County renters are protected from eviction due to non-payment of rent for 90 days if they have applied for rental assistance.)
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Oregon’s rent assistance and utility assistance programs
For other Multnomah County rent assistance, visit here
PennsylvaniaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Pennsylvania’s rent assistance and utility assistance programs
Rhode IslandHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
For general support rent relief information, read here.  Also visit RIhousing.org.
South CarolinaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
For the South Carolina COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program, visit here and South Carolina’s rent assistance.
For utility assistance click here.
South DakotaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
For South Dakota rental assistance visit here and here. Utility-related resources can be found at South Dakota PUC website.
TennesseeHold on evictions: No 
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Tennessee Office of the Courts’ list of eviction resources.
Tennessee’s utility assistance
For additional resources regarding how Tennessee is handling the current pandemic with respect to housing, learn more.
TexasHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
See Texas Home Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program for support and here
Texas Rent Relief
Click here to learn about assistance from TXU Energy.
UtahHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Utah Rent Relief
Utah utility assistance
Click here if you are having trouble paying your rent due to Covid. Additional resources here.
VermontHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Vermont’s rent assistance
Visit the Agency of Commerce and Community for useful information and resources in Vermont.
For more details on eviction moratorium see here.
VirginiaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: Yes: until at least 60 days after the end of the state of emergency which was on 7/1/2021
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Virginia’s rent assistance and utility assistance
Stay Home Virginia
Virginia’s Legal Aid provides FAQs on renting during Covid and eviction information here and Virginia’s Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP).
WashingtonHold on evictions: Yes, expires Sept 30, 2021
Hold on utility shutoffs: Through Sept 30, 2021
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
COVID-19 rent relief status: Governor extended moratorium through Sept 30, 2021. Beginning 8/2/2021, landlords can evict under certain circumstances.
COVID-19 resources and information for renters can be found here.
Washington’s utility assistance
West VirginiaHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
West Virginia’s rent assistance program.
WisconsinHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Wisconsin’s rent assistance
Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program
For additional resources on tenant FAQs and Covid in Wisconsin click here, learn more.
Wisconsin’s utility assistance
WyomingHold on evictions: No
Hold on utility shutoffs: No
Other Tenant Protections/Notes
Wyoming’s rent assistance
For additional state, county, and city orders due to COVID-19, read here.
Last Updated: September 6th, 2021