How to stop an eviction in Georgia under the CDC eviction order
Authored By: GeorgiaLegalAid.org
NOTE: The CDC Eviction Moratorium is still in effect. This means you can still use the CDC Tenant Declaration to stop an eviction for nonpayment of rent at this time. (Updated 5/20/21. If this note is here, that means the moratorium is still valid).
The CDC issued an order that makes it illegal to evict tenants who cannot pay their rent and have no other housing options.
This order stops evictions from September 4, 2020 until December 31, 2020 (Note: this order was extended thru 6/3021)
The order applies to you if:
- You expect to earn no more than $99,000 in 2020 (or $198,000 if filing a joint tax return), you were not required to report any income in 2019, or you received a stimulus check.
- You are unable to make your full rent due to:
- Substantial loss of household income,
- Loss of work hours or wages,
- Lay-offs, or
- Extraordinary out of pocket medical expenses
- You are working to pay as much of the rent as possible, and
- If you were evicted you would be homeless or have to live in someone else’s home. Even with this order, you will still owe your rent.
Rent is not cancelled, but you cannot be evicted during this time. Your landlord can still evict you for reasons other than not paying rent.
In order to avoid eviction under this CDC order you must:
- Fill out the Tenant’s Declaration and keep a copy for your records. You can find this form on GeorgiaLegalAid.org/resource/tenants-declaration-form.
- Send the Tenant’s Declaration to your landlord by regular mail, certified mail with return receipt requested, and by email.
If you are served with an eviction notice contact Georgia Legal Services at glsp.org or Atlanta Legal Aid at atlantalegalaid.org.
Learn more at GeorgiaLegalAid.org