What Paperwork Do Renters Need to Fill Out to Avoid an Eviction?

What Paperwork Do Renters Need to Fill Out to Avoid an Eviction?

Scott Dylan Westerlund
Scott Dylan Westerlund
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According to data collected in 2020, the CDC’s eviction moratorium may have curbed the most severe housing crisis in the United States’ history. Amidst the coronavirus crisis, an estimated 30-40 million Americans were at risk of getting evicted.

 

Have things calmed down since that time? Experts estimate that about 16% of US households are behind on rent. This estimate is nearly double the rate of rent delinquency before the pandemic hit. In response to the ongoing situation, several states have enacted eviction extensions.

 

If you’re currently behind on your rent, then you might be protected. Are you wondering how to avoid getting evicted and what forms you’ll need to fill out? Learn everything you need to know to avoid an eviction below.

 

What Forms Do I Need to Avoid an Eviction?

 

Do you think that you qualify for rent forgiveness or rental assistance during this unprecedented time? If so, then your first step is to determine whether you’re eligible to apply for the CDC’s eviction moratorium. In order to be eligible, you must meet three conditions: financial hardship, a low income, and widespread COVID-19 in your area.

 

A financial hardship means you can’t pay your rent because you were laid off, have had your hours cut, your household’s income went down during the pandemic, or you have significant medical expenses. Income standards dictate that you must make less than $99,000 as a single filer. As a joint filer, your household must earn less than $198,000. You likely meet these income requirements if you get SNAP, TANF, or SSI benefits.

 

Does your situation meet all three conditions above? If so, then the CDC may offer some level of protection and help you avoid an eviction. To apply to the program, you need to read, fill out, and sign the CDC’s declaration.

 

Once complete, you’ll want to give a copy of the declaration to your landlord. You can provide this important form in person, online, or via mail. If you’ve already filled out and provided this form to your landlord since the pandemic began, then you do not need to complete another one.

 

Keep in mind that the CDC’s eviction moratorium does not equate to rent forgiveness. Any past due rent that you haven’t paid will become due in full whenever the CDC lifts the current moratorium. That means you could be in an even worse position and still face eviction once the moratorium period ends, COVID-19 cases drop in your area, or your income changes.

 

That’s why we suggest talking to your landlord one-on-one about your situation. If possible, then come up with a payment plan that works for both parties. If you can, then you should also seek out emergency help to pay off your rent and utilities. Local or federal rental assistance programs may be able to provide you with enough relief to avoid eviction once the pandemic subsides.

 

Where to Request Eviction Moratorium Forms

 

So, where can you find the eviction moratorium forms that you need to fill out? If you have an internet connection and a printer, then you can do everything at home. Simply head over to this area of the CDC’s website. From there, you can either download or print off the official form. Read through it, fill it out, and then sign it. From there, you can give the official declaration to your landlord. It’s a good idea to also get a copy of your declaration for your own records, too.

 

How to Avoid Getting Evicted in 2021


Facing eviction is one of the most unsettling feelings. Not only could you potentially get thrown out of your home, but you may struggle to find any housing during this crisis, too. Thankfully, the CDC’s current eviction moratorium should help you avoid an eviction during this pandemic.

 

Take the steps above and provide the proper documentation to your landlord to get started on protecting yourself today. From there, get together with your landlord and start working on developing a payment plan.

 

Do you feel like your rights as a renter were violated despite the CDC’s eviction ban? Were you unjustly removed from your home after filling out the declaration? If so, then you need a good lawyer by your side. Head over to our lawyer search area now to find a qualified attorney in your area that can help you understand your renter’s rights, avoid an eviction, and uphold your rights during this pandemic.

This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.

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