CDC issues order to halt some evictions nationwide amid pandemic

Posted at 6:24 AM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 10:23:20-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to halt some evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic with a new order that prevents landlords from kicking out renters.

The CDC says if renters are not evicted, they can continue living alone or with the roommates they've been with since the start of the pandemic. Eviction could lead to someone being exposed to new people.

The CDC issued the order on Tuesday, which allows renters to be covered through December 31 if they meet the requirements. Renters will still owe the rent at some point – the order just keeps them under the same roof during the COVID-19 health crisis.

To qualify, filers cannot expect to earn more than $99,000 this year or $198,000 if a couple is filing. Someone can qualify if they did not report income in 2019 or they received a stimulus check in the spring.

However, renters can still be evicted for reasons other than not making a payment.

In court in Davidson County on Monday, they began processing eviction filings. The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee expected more than 280,000 filings for the area over the next few months.