Eviction Lab updates March 19, 2020

COVID-19 and Changing Eviction Policies Around the Nation

  • The Eviction Lab
  • Princeton University

Note: this page has been archived. The last update was made in March 2022. Check local news sites and housing organizations to learn about possible renter protections in your area.

As the world seeks to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers across the U.S. are responding to the heightened insecurity so many face.

This table details where local governments, states, and the federal government have taken action. We continually update this table and welcome tips regarding what your community is putting into place. Please note that as policies are changing daily, this table may not be comprehensive of all orders that are in effect in towns, cities, and counties.

For more information about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eviction moratorium, in effect 9/4/2020 through 7/31/2021, please see our post on the federal moratorium. For additional housing support resources, please visit JustShelter.org. For more detailed information about statewide orders, please see the COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard.

Below the table, we also reference resources other groups have compiled to track different aspects of the shifting housing policy landscape.

The Eviction Lab table only includes utility shutoff moratoria that have been ordered by an executive or legislative order. Food & Water Action is maintaining a database of all water shutoff policies, including those that are the utility’s own policy or are mandated by pre-existing law.

For activists and tenants looking to organize around housing issues in this troubling time, the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project has created a map of emergency housing policies and actions in progress.

A law clinic led by Emily Benfer, Visiting Professor of Law at Wake Forest Law School, is also maintaining a detailed database of legal orders pertaining to the COVID-19 epidemic. Legal aid attorneys are encouraged to reference this resource and to contact evictionmoratoria@gmail.com with any questions or additions.

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