Yes. Do I need to pay back the missed rent payments? If you missed a payment or were late on a few, you might also owe your landlord a late fee, depending on your agreement.
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Even with the delay, roughly 3.6 million people in the U.S. as of July 5 said they face eviction in the next two months, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. The survey measures the social and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic every two weeks through online responses from a representative sample of U.S. households. Advocates for tenants said the distribution of the money had been slow and that more time was needed to distribute it and repay landlords. Without an extension, they feared a spike in evictions and lawsuits seeking to boot out tenants who were behind on their rents.
If your state has not passed a local law extending moratoriums on evictions – like California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Washington state and Washington, D.C. – your landlord can begin the process with a notice. Can my landlord turn off my utilities? The moratorium only protects from evictions due to nonpayment of rent, said David Bartholomew, Co-Director of the Homelessness Prevention Program at Pisgah Legal Services, not evictions for other reasons, like a landlord not renewing a lease or for a breach of lease.
Can I be evicted after the moratorium? Some states passed legislation prohibiting landlords from charging late fees during the COVID-19 pandemic, but others have not.
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