The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (“Legal Aid”) is providing information only about the CDC Order and the Declaration. Legal Aid is not your lawyer. If you need legal assistance, click here to connect with The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (if you live in Northeast Ohio) or click here to contact a legal aid organization in your community.

You might be protected from eviction until March 31, 2021. A new executive order extends the eviction protections the Centers for Disease Control ordered in September 2020 until March 31, 2021. (These protections were set to expire in January.)

About the CDC’s Order

To protect public health during the COVID-19 global pandemic, the CDC issued an Order on September 1 (finalized on September 4) that protects many people who rent their homes from being evicted. People covered by the Order must send a Declaration to their landlord or owner of the property where they live. Renters are not protected from eviction unless they send the Declaration to their landlord.

You can sign and download/save the declaration from within this app. You then can print and deliver the application yourself (attach it to an email or mail).

Here is a copy of the Declaration. (Click here for a copy in Spanish (haga clic aquí para español). Or, here are translations of the Declaration in 20 different languages.)

Every adult in the household must sign and deliver a declaration. This eviction protection lasts from September 4, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

About the Declaration Required

A renter is covered by the CDC order and qualifies for protection from eviction if ALL of the following statements are TRUE for the renter:

  • I have used best efforts to obtain government rental assistance;
  • My income is less than $99,000 (or $198,000 if filing jointly), or I did not have to pay income tax last year, or I received a stimulus check this year (2020);
  • I am unable to pay rent due to lost income, lost work, or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses;
  • I would likely become homeless or need to double-up if evicted;
  • I am using my best effort to make partial payments;
  • I understand that my landlord may require full payment of all back rent owed at the end of the eviction protections (March 31).

About this Tool

You can use this app to create a personal Declaration for your landlord.

There are just 2 easy steps to this app:

  1. Provide your info and address; and
  2. Review and download the documents (for mailing or email later).

If you want to stop and finish later, click "Save and Continue." We’ll email you a link so you can start again where you left off.

Important Reminders!

  • Renters can still be evicted for reasons other than nonpayment of rent.
  • There are criminal penalties for not being truthful on the Declaration.
  • This CDC Order is brand new as of September 1st. Every court is examining these in different ways: feel free to contact Legal Aid for help and if you have questions.
  • If you need legal assistance or get an eviction notice, contact a local legal aid organization. Follow this link to find the legal aid organization in your community.

Informed Consent

By clicking “Continue” you understand and agree that Legal Aid will use the personal information you provide to prepare documents in this app. Legal Aid will not share your personal information. You understand and agree that Legal Aid is not your attorney and is not representing you.

Housing is a human right. Before the pandemic, during the pandemic, after the pandemic.

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