Federal eviction moratorium extended until March 31

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The federal moratorium on evictions has been extended until March 31.

According to the DATCP, recent federal legislation and an anticipated order from the CDC extends a Sept. 2020 order protecting residents from eviction based on nonpayment of rent. 

“Wisconsin renters should know that they are not automatically entitled to protections under the CDC order,” said Lara Sutherlin, administrator of DATCP’s Division of Trade and Consumer Protection. “We encourage Wisconsin tenants who are struggling to make rent payments to seek this important relief by submitting their request in writing to their landlord.”

To invoke the moratorium, tenants, lessees, or residents must provide a signed copy of the declaration form provided by the CDC to their landlord of residential property owner. The DATCP says each adult listed on the lease, rental agreement or housing contract must provide their own separate declaration. 

“The economic fallout from the pandemic has resulted in housing insecurity for many Wisconsinites. I’m glad the eviction moratorium has been extended. Those who need eviction relief should connect with state and local resources in order to utilize the emergency rental assistance available,” said Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul.

The federal legislation that extends the CDC order also includes $25 billion in emergency rental assistance for states and local governments. Residents who are eligible may use the funding to help pay rent or utility bills.

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