• Housing Stability During COVID-19

     

     

    CDC Eviction Moratorium

    To protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order that protects some residential tenants who have fallen behind on rent from being evicted until 2021.

    This moratorium is not automatic and there are steps tenants must take to avoid an eviction.

    It stops the landlord from taking action to evict a tenant for unpaid rent, including:
    • Asking the court for a ‘writ of eviction’
    • Sheriff conducting the eviction
    • Harassing or intimidating a tenant to “vacate”

     

    My Landlord Says I Have to Move Out

    Your landlord cannot evict you without a court order, no matter what your lease says. You do not have to move out just because the landlord tells you to leave, gives you written notice, or files an eviction lawsuit (“unlawful detainer”) against you. Your landlord must follow court procedure before evicting you.

     

    Get a 60-day Delay on Your Eviction Case

    If your landlord is suing you for an eviction and you have lost income due to COVID-19, you can ask the court to delay your case for 60 days.  To delay your eviction case, you must have lost income between March 12 and your eviction case due to COVID-19 and show up to your first court date.

    To get the 60-day delay:

     Show up to your first court date
    1. Bring written proof that you lost income between March 12 and your court date:
      • A paystub showing zero dollars in earnings.
      • A furlough notification letter from your employer.
      • An “essential employee status letter” stating that you were “nonessential.”
      • A signed affidavit by you stating that you lost wages during this period due to the COVID-19 emergency.
    2. Ask the judge for a 60-day “continuance.”

     

     Virginia Eviction Process

    Contact:

    Eviction Legal Helpline: 1.833.NoEvict

    Local Legal Aid Office: 1.866.LEGL-AID

    www.vplc.org