The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a nationwide Order that temporarily halts all Evictions for non-payment of rent due to a household’s loss of income or extraordinary medical expenses. The eviction moratorium lasts until December 31, 2020. Because the State of Wisconsin does not currently have an eviction moratorium in effect, the CDC’s Order applies in Middleton and all of Wisconsin. The order by the CDC can be read here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-09-04/pdf/2020-19654.pdf.
Under this order, a landlord may not evict a tenant for non-payment of rent if the tenant provides a specific declaration to their landlord, as specified by the CDC Order. The declaration for tenants to sign is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/declaration-form.pdf
In order to be eligible, each adult tenant listed on the lease must sign the following declaration and provide a copy to their landlord:
“I certify under penalty of perjury, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1746, that the foregoing are true and correct: I have used best efforts to obtain all available government assistance for rent or housing; I either expect to earn no more than $99,000 in annual income for Calendar Year 2020 (or no more than $198,000 if filing a joint tax return), was not required to report any income in 2019 to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, or received an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check) pursuant to Section 2201 of the CARES Act; I am unable to pay my full rent or make a full housing payment due to substantial loss of household income, loss of compensable hours of work or wages, lay-offs, or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses; I am using best efforts to make timely partial payments that are as close to the full payment as the individual’s circumstances may permit, taking into account other nondiscretionary expenses; If evicted I would likely become homeless, need to move into a homeless shelter, or need to move into a new residence shared by other people who live in close quarters because I have no other available housing options. I understand that I must still pay rent or make a housing payment, and comply with other obligations that I may have under my tenancy, lease agreement, or similar contract. I further understand that fees, penalties, or interest for not paying rent or making a housing payment on time as required by my tenancy, lease agreement, or similar contract may still be charged or collected. I further understand that at the end of this temporary halt on evictions on December 31, 2020, my housing provider may require payment in full for all payments not made prior to and during the temporary halt and failure to pay may make me subject to eviction pursuant to State and local laws. I understand that any false or misleading statements or omissions may result in criminal and civil actions for fines, penalties, damages, or imprisonment.”
This temporary halt on evictions does not provide emergency rental assistance resources to cover rent, utilities or fees, and it does not eliminate those obligations for tenants.
Within Dane County, two rental assistance programs are available: from Dane County through the Tenant Resource Center (https://www.tenantresourcecenter.org/danecountycares_splash?splash=1) and from the State of Wisconsin through the Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin (https://www.cacscw.org/services/housing-security/wrap/).
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