The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a national moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent from Sept. 4 until Dec. 31, 2020.
Tenants seeking protection under the moratorium are required to submit a declaration statement to their landlord about their inability to make rent payments.
The declaration must include statements about:
- your efforts to obtain government assistance
- your income
- your inability to pay rent due to loss of income or work or significant medical expenses
- your efforts to try to make full or partial rent payments
- the likelihood that eviction would cause them to live in a homeless shelter or another residence that would place them in close quarters with others
Once you have completed the declaration statement, give it to your landlord. Keep proof that you sent this statement to them.
Landlords who violate the order are subject to severe criminal penalties, including fines of $100,000 or more, imprisonment, or both.
The moratorium does not prohibit evictions for reasons other than nonpayment of rent. It also does not relieve tenants of any obligation to pay rent owed or any late fees or other penalties. You are encouraged to continue paying rent if you are able to avoid any large amounts due following the expiration of the moratorium. Tenants protected by the moratorium will still have to pay all rent due under the lease when the moratorium ends.
Free legal assistance may be available for affected tenants. Apply online from anywhere in the state, or apply over the phone based upon your location:
- Center for Arkansas Legal Services
- Call 501-376-3423 if you live in Central, Southern, and Western Arkansas.
- Legal Aid of Arkansas
- Call 1-800-952-9243 if you live in Northwest Arkansas, North Central Arkansas, as well as the Jonesboro and West Memphis areas.
Read our news release about this important announcement.