Take action to avoid eviction using the CDC order

Authored By: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau



Take action to avoid eviction using the CDC order

To help people stay in stable housing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order that means you may be protected from eviction.

You may need to take action now to avoid eviction.

Take these steps for eviction prevention

Here, we guide you through the content of the CDC Declaration, one step at a time.

Step 1. Take advantage of free housing help

You can get help from a local expert with the steps below. Contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s housing counseling program.

Call (800) 569-4287 or find a housing counselor


Step 2. See if you qualify

If you can check at least one box in each list below (“Income” and “Financial Hardship”), you qualify for CDC protection.


You are likely to have earned under this amount if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • I received a stimulus check (Economic Impact Payment) in 2020 or 2021
  • I was not required to report any income to the IRS in 2020
  • In 2020 or 2021, I earned (or expect to earn) less than $99,000 as an individual or less than $198,000 as a joint tax return filer
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

If none of the above apply, you do not qualify.


Financial hardship

I cannot pay my full rent or make a full housing payment because:

  • My household income has gone down substantially
  • I have been laid off from work
  • My work hours or wages have been cut
  • I have extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses, defined as 7.4% of my adjusted gross income for the year

If none of the above apply, you do not qualify.


Step 3. Read and sign the declaration

Read the statements below. Make sure they are true. If they are true, download and sign the declaration .


  • My income level qualifies for the reasons explained above
  • I have done my best to make timely partial payments that are as close as possible to the full payment and to get government assistance in making my rent or housing payments
  • If evicted, I would have no other available housing options, so I would:
    • Probably become homeless, or
    • Have to move to a homeless shelter, or
    • Have to move in with others who live in close quarters
  • I understand that after I sign:
    • Unless I come to an agreement with my landlord, I am still responsible for rent, back rent, and any fees, penalties or interest under my lease
    • I must still follow the conditions of my lease
    • Unless I come to an agreement with my landlord, if I fail to make my required payments, I could be evicted when this temporary halt of evictions ends
    • I can still be evicted for reasons other than not paying rent or not making a housing payment
  • I sign this declaration under penalty of perjury. I promise that the statements above are the truth. I understand that I can be criminally punished for lying.

Step 4. Give the signed declaration to your landlord

Make sure you sign and date the Declaration  before sending it. You can do this by mail, email, fax, or in person.

Keep a copy of the Declaration for your records.

If you gave your landlord a signed Declaration before the CDC extended its order, you do not need to give them a new one.


Facing eviction? Find out if you’re in covered housing

If you live in a building with five or more units and your landlord is getting CARES Act mortgage relief, they can’t evict you for not paying rent or late fees and charges.


Find out if your state or local government is stopping evictions

Some state and local governments have limited evictions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Last Review and Update: Apr 15, 2021

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