The CDC eviction moratorium is set to expire on June 30, releasing an anticipated flood of evictions nationwide. What does this mean for you? Plenty. Even though tenants who met eligibility criteria and submitted a declaration of eligibility throughout the pandemic have remained housed, landlords will be legally allowed to act and evict tenants that owe back rent at the end of this month.
It is difficult to quantify precisely how many people might face eviction once the ruling lifts. Still, in a recent Household Pulse Survey for Michigan between April 29 and May 10, 2021, more than 53,000 Michigan households reported they were not up to date on rent or mortgage payments. Further, eviction filings fell by 65 percent compared to the same timeframe in 2019—a decrease explained by the current CDC moratorium, legal aid, and rental assistance provided.
When you consider combining a robust rent aid program and the CDC moratorium, it’s no wonder that number has dropped so much. The most significant challenge will be getting aid to the most vulnerable, those who have the lowest income, and people who are at risk of losing their homes.