Information for Tenants and Landlords

Eviction Moratorium Extension 

The CDC issued a limited eviction moratorium – starting August 4th through October 3 – for renters living in communities experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases

The new eviction moratorium provides immediate relief for the 6.5 million renter households who are currently behind on their rent and who were at an increased risk of eviction when the federal eviction moratorium expired on July 31.

The new moratorium:

  • Prevents renters in certain communities experiencing a substantial or high level of community transmission of COVID-19 from being evicted for nonpayment of rent;
  • Protects renters for up to two months, starting from August 3 to October 3. Renters lose protections under the moratorium once their community is no longer experiencing a substantial or high level of community transmission;
  • Requires renters to provide their landlord with a signed declaration form to be covered. Renters who previously submitted declaration forms are not required to do so again; and
  • Does not relieve renters from their obligation to pay rent.

Need Help with Housing Costs?

Despite the eviction moratorium extension, many residents are struggling with pandemic-induced financial hardships. In response, Congress has passed $46 billion in emergency rental assistance, and our communities have programs distributing this funding now.  If you are seeking emergency rental, utility, or mortgage assistance, please refer to the following local programs:

  • Montgomery County: residents who have experienced a COVID hardship and are in need of rent and/or utility assistance should call 2-1-1 or text their zip code to 898-211. They can also visit Your Way Home to learn more.
  • Norristown Emergency Rental, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance - Home Improvement Program (ERMUA) 
  • Berks County: Contact the Berks County Coalition to End Homelessness at 610-372-7222 or visit the Berks county website at here.

If you are facing eviction, you can locate legal aid organizations through the Legal Aid of Southeastern PA  or information on eviction prevention from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau here.