The information in this post is now partially out-of-date. Please see our updated blog post for more information.
Está en riesgo de ser desalojado por falta de pagar la renta? Vea el Formulario de Notificación y Declaración de Moratoria de Desalojo y solicite ayuda para pagar la renta aquí.
On September 5, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an order to temporarily halt certain residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The order does not automatically prohibit all residential evictions and does not provide relief for rent that is owed. Tenants and landlords are encouraged to apply for rental assistance here to pay for past due rent.
Evictions due to non-payment of rent can be postponed until January 2021 if each adult tenant provides their landlord with a signed declaration stating the following:
I certify under penalty of perjury, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1746, that the foregoing are true and correct:
- I have used best efforts to obtain all available government assistance for rent or housing.
- I either expect to earn no more than $99,000 in annual income for Calendar Year 2020 (or no more than $198,000 if filing a joint tax return), was not required to report any income in 2019 to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, or received an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check) pursuant to Section 2201 of the CARES Act.
- I am unable to pay my full rent or make a full housing payment due to substantial loss of household income, loss of compensable hours of work or wages, lay-offs, or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses;
- I am using best efforts to make timely partial payments that are as close to the full payment as the individual’s circumstances may permit, taking into account other nondiscretionary expenses.
- If evicted I would likely become homeless, need to move into a homeless shelter, or need to move into a new residence shared by other people who live in close quarters because I have no other available housing options.
- I understand that I must still pay rent or make a housing payment, and comply with other obligations that I may have under my tenancy, lease agreement, or similar contract. I further understand that fees, penalties, or interest for not paying rent or making a housing payment on time as required by my tenancy, lease agreement, or similar contract may still be charged or collected.
- I further understand that at the end of this temporary halt on evictions on December 31, 2020, my housing provider may require payment in full for all payments not made prior to and during the temporary halt and failure to pay may make me subject to eviction pursuant to state and local laws.
- I understand that any false or misleading statements or omissions may result in criminal and civil actions for fines, penalties, damages, or imprisonment.
Tenants who are not sure if the moratorium applies to them can contact the Center for Justice (401-491-1101) or Rhode Island Legal Services (401-274-2652).