Family income must meet the following Area Median Income (AMI) Limits:
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The moratorium is intended to provide a critical safety net for tenants during this difficult and unprecedented time. It is not intended as a windfall or “rent vacation” for tenants. Tenants will be required to demonstrate in writing that they have had a substantial loss of income specifically related to COVID-19 and pay all back rents with 120 days of the end of the State-declared emergency.
As always, the best approach, if you find yourself unable to pay all or a portion of your rent as a result of COVID-19, is to contact your landlord and discuss the issue and potential solutions. To lessen the impacts of having to pay back rents within 120 days of the end of the emergency, it is advisable to pay as much of your rent as you can to your landlord. Should your circumstances change (e.g. you begin to receive unemployment payments or other sources of income), we recommend you discuss this with your landlord and increase rent payments accordingly.
REMEMBER: You will be required to pay all back rent within 120 days of the end of the State-declared emergency.
First, a tenant must provide information to the landlord that s/he cannot pay all or part of the rent due to COVID-19 related substantial financial impacts (See Section 1.C. of the Regulation). The tenant must provide this in writing to the landlord within 30 days of the rent being due. However, such notice should be given as soon as possible.
A tenant must provide the landlord with written documentation establishing substantial COVID-19 related financial impacts (See Section 1.D. of the Regulation).
No. The moratorium prohibits new evictions under the terms called out in the moratorium. Tenants must pay their landlords all back rent within 120 days for the end of the State-declared emergency, unless the landlord and tenant agree otherwise in writing.
The moratorium took effect immediately upon issuance of the Regulation on April 1, 2020.
First, to protect yourself should you qualify, provide written notice and documentation to your landlord that you qualify for relief under the moratorium as soon as you can. (See Sections 1.C. and 1.D. of the Regulation).
Second, provided you qualify and have followed the steps in Section 1.D. of the Regulation, if you have to go to Court, you can provide the Regulation and your evidence that you followed the necessary notification and documentation steps to the judge in your defense.