CDC extends moratorium on evictions through June

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended a federal moratorium on evictions through June 30, two days before the measure was set to expire.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed the extension on Sunday, which prevents landlords from evicting tenants who are unable to make rental payments. “The Covid-19 pandemic has presented a historic threat to the nation’s public health,” according to a CDC statement released on Monday that read: “Keeping people in their homes and out of crowded or congregate settings —like homeless shelters — by preventing evictions is a key step in helping to stop the spread of Covid-19.”

State officials let their own eviction moratorium expire in October 2020, and Gov. Baker rolled out a $171 million eviction diversion initiative that in-part relied upon the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition program, rapid rehousing initiatives, and funding for landlords and tenants to access legal representation.

The CDC order that Walensky signed says landlords, residential property owners, or people with a legal right to pursue eviction or possessory action “shall not evict any covered person from any residential property in any jurisdiction to which this order applies.”