Emergency Bans on Evictions and Other Tenant Protections Related to Coronavirus

Information on eviction moratoriums and tenant protections being enacted due to outbreak of COVID-19.

Many states, cities, and counties are taking steps to minimize the impact of the novel coronavirus crisis on tenants, including placing moratoriums on evictions, holds on shutting off utilities due to nonpayment, and prohibiting late rent fees. The federal government has suspended evictions and foreclosures in public housing until the end of April. The government-backed mortgage buyers Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, have agreed to do the same until at least August 31, 2020.

The chart below attempts to capture the latest information on coronavirus-related tenant protections by state (and county and major cities, if applicable). Please note that this information is changing hourly, and the chart might not reflect all current protections. For the best information about the status of evictions where you live, check your state's judicial system or governor's website.

In the chart, click on the state's name to be directed to its official COVID-19 website.

Other Resources:

  • Check to see if your rental is covered by the CARES Act federal eviction ban: Visit Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and enter your address.
  • You can also check to see if your utility providers have taken the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) Keep Americans Connected pledge to not disconnect residential or small business customers during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Sources of Coronavirus Assistance for Landlords and Tenants: A list of federal, state, local, non-profit, and private sources of financial assistance and other resources for both tenants and landlords.

Updated: July 6, 2020

State County or City Hold On Evictions Hold on Utility Shutoffs Other Tenant Protections/Notes

Alabama

No--expired June 1, 2020. Likely (see notes)

-Governor's order expired June 1, 2020.

-See Alabama Judicial System website for more information.

-Visit ALtogether to find resources for assistance in Alabama.

- Public Service Commission states that it is confident no customers will experience interruption during crisis, and that after crisis period utilities will help with past-due accounts. However, the decision is left to individual utility providers.

Alaska

No--expired July 1, 2020 Yes

-Alaska State Legislature passed a bill placing a moratorium on utility shutoffs (set to expire on the earlier of November 15, 2020, or the end of the public health disaster emergency) and evictions (set to expire June 30, 2020) due to COVID-19 financial problems. Set to expire June 30, 2020.

-Alaska Supreme Court ordered that non-jury matters can proceed as of July 1, 2020.

-See Regulatory Commission of Alaska's memo on utility shutoff moratorium.

-Telephonic eviction hearings can be held in certain circumstances.

-See Alaska Court System's COVID-19 response page for information about courts, hearings, and alerts.

Arizona

Yes Yes (see notes)

-Governor issued executive order delaying evictions for 120 days (until 7/22/2020). Applies to tenants who can't pay rent due to coronavirus-related issues.

-Governor and state's largest utilities reached an agreement to not shutoff utilities or charge late fees or penalties during crisis.

-Arizona Corporation Commissioner released memo on information for utility customers

Arkansas

No Yes

-Arkansas Public Service Commission ordered a shutoff moratorium during state of emergency.

-Courts are still open and conducting hearings (not in person) when possible. Check with courts re: status.

California (CA-specific information)

Over 120 local jurisdictions. Yes

-On 3/4/20 Governor Gavin Newsom declared a California-wide state of emergency (N-44-20) that (among other price controls) automatically caps rent increases. Via two separate orders, Newsom also allowed cities and counties to enact their own tenant protections (3/16/20 Executive Order N-28-20) and to extend those protections through 9/30/20 if they choose to do so. (6/30/20 Executive Order N-71-20).

-State Court emergency moratoriums on summons on complaint, entries of default and scheduling trial for unlawful detainers and entries of default.

-Utility shutoff moratorium for nonpayment during State of Emergency.

Colorado

Yes (but see notes) Yes

-Under governor's order, landlords can provide tenants with default notices, but must give 30 days' notice, effectively postponing evictions for 30 days. Landlords cannot charge late fees or penalties for nonpayment during May 1, 2020 through June 13, 2020.

-See Colorado statewide utility tracker for information about whether your utility provider has put a moratorium on shutoffs during the crisis.

-Check your court's website to see status.

-See the Colorado Department of Local Affairs Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention website for more information.

Denver Yes

-Mayor issued a hold on evictions. The hold will stay in place indefinitely after the expiration of state ban on May 31, 2020.

-Resources for Denver residents.

Connecticut

Yes

Yes

-By order of governor, no evictions until August 25, 2020; governor also created rental assistance program.

-Moratorium on electric, natural gas, and water shut-offs in response to pandemic.

Delaware

Yes

Yes

-Delaware Housing Assistance Program will provide eligible households up to $1500 in assistance to pay rent or electric bills.

-By order of governor, all residential foreclosures and evictions during the state of emergency. Also, no utility shutoffs.

District of Columbia

Yes

Yes

-No evictions during state of emergency. Lawmakers have suspended the filing of eviction complaints until 60 days after the end of the state of emergency.

-No utility shutoffs during state of emergency.

-See D.C. Public Service Commission's resources page for more information about utilities and assistance.

Florida

Yes

-By governor's order, all evictions (and foreclosures) are suspended until August 1, 2020.

-Most major utilities providers have said they will not shut off services. Check with your local provider.

Georgia

No Maybe (see notes)

State of Georgia has a COVID-19 hotline: (844) 442-2681.

-Check individual Georgia courts' status here.

-Check the State of Georgia Public Service Commission's website for a list of GA services that have suspended disconnections due to COVID.

Atlanta

Limited

No water shutoffs

-No water shutoffs for 60 days (as of 3/11).

-No termination for nonpayment of rent, no late fees or other charges for late or unpaid rent for 60 days in certain properties.

Hawaii

Yes Yes

-By order of governor, evictions for nonpayment of rent suspended until July 31, 2020.

-Hawaii Electric suspended service disconnections until June 30, 2020.

Idaho

Remote hearings on landlord-tenant/eviction matters can resume on May 1, 2020.

-By order of Idaho Supreme Court, no jury trials in criminal cases before 8/3/2020, and no jury trials in civil cases until 10/5/2020. Remote hearings on all matters may resume on May 1, 2020.

-For financial and other assistance, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission has a county-specific resource guide.

Illinois

Yes

Yes

-By governor's order, no evictions through July 26, 2020.

-Illinois Commerce Commission ordered utilities to cease disconnections and suspend late fees until end of emergency. In place until August 1, 2020. Also offering resources for consumers.

Indiana

Yes Yes

-By order of governor, no eviction procedures (unless for emergency reasons) until July 31, 2020.

-By order of governor, no discontinuation of utilities until after June 30, 2020.

-Indiana COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program.

-Indiana resource guide.

Iowa

Ban lifted effective May 27, 2020 Ban lifted effective May 27, 2020.

-By order of supreme court, hearings and non-jury trials may resume prior to July 13, 2020 depending on county court's status. Check with local court for more information.

Kansas

No--expired

No, but see notes

-Utilities are required to offer payment plans.

Kentucky

Yes

Yes

-By order of the Kentucky Supreme Court (and by order of the governor), evictions are suspended until the expiration of the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-215.

-Kentucky Public Service Commission ordered utilities to cease disconnections for non-payment and late payment charges.

Louisiana

No-ban expired June 15, 2020

Yes

-Check your local court's website to see status of hearings and trials.

-No utility service shutoffs statewide by order of the LA Public Service Commission.

-Louisiana Law Help is regularly updating its website with COVID-19 information for Louisiana residents.

Maine

Yes Yes

-By order of governor, no evictions until 30 days after the termination of the COVID-19 state of emergency.

-Maine Public Utilities Commission ordered that all utilities not disconnect customers until further notice.

-MaineHousing has created a $5 million COVID-19 Rent Relief Program.

Maryland

Yes

Yes

-By governor's order, no evictions statewide during emergency.

-By governor's order, no utility can terminate service or collect a late fee until termination of the state of emergency (at least June 1, 2020).

-Baltimore County has implemented a COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program, and is accepting applications June 9 through June 12.

Massachusetts

Yes

Yes

-Legislative ban on evictions during COVID emergency.

-No utility shutoffs until state of emergency is lifted or the Dep't of Public Utility orders otherwise.

Michigan

Yes Yes, in some situations (see notes)

-Governor issued executive order suspending evictions until July 15, 2020.

-Starting July 15, 2020, Michigan will offer an Eviction Diversion Program for renters who need assistance.

-Many Michigan utility providers are agreeing to suspend shutoffs. Check the MPSC website for your carrier's current policies.

-By order of governor, no water shutoffs.

Minnesota

Yes Maybe (see notes)

-Governor signed executive order to suspend evictions during emergency (currently set to expire July 13, 2020).

-Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has encouraged utilities to extend cold weather rule, and is providing information for consumers regarding utilities and assistance.

Mississippi

Until June 1, then set to resume. Yes

-Governor announced that evictions can resume on June 1, 2020.

-Supreme Court of Mississippi issued order stating that certain counties may resume sending jury summonses on or after May 18, 2020; gives judges discretion on many cases.

-Mississippi has established a COVID-19 information website.

-Mississippi Public Service Commission ordered a temporary suspension of disconnection by any public utility in the state. (Until May 14, 2020.)

-Check the Mississippi Judiciary's website for information about evictions, trials, and court access.

Missouri

Depends (see notes) Some (see notes)

-Missouri's governor's COVID-19 announcements.

-Supreme Court of Missouri has directed courts to exercise discretion regarding cases (effective May 16, 2020) and appearances subject to certain Operational Directives. Whether or not your case will be held is left to discretion of judge.

-Check Missouri Public Service Commission's website for information about utility shutoffs.

Jackson County Until May 31

-Jury trials are suspended through July 5, 2020.

-Issuance of writs and execution of pending writs suspended through May 31, 2020. Anyone filing an eviction suit must submit a certification of compliance with CARES Act until July 25, 2020.

Kansas City See notes

-KC Water suspended shutoffs.

-Visit KCMO.gov/coronavirus for more information.

St. Louis Yes

No water shutoffs through May 15.

Montana

Limited (see notes) Limited (see notes)

-By order of governor, no terminations, evictions, or utility shutoffs for those who meet the criteria listed in the order. All others may be evicted/have utilities disconnected.

-Renters can seek relief from the Montana Coronavirus Relief program.

-Visit the Montana Public Service Commission's website to locate your utility service provider's website and find out about status.

Nebraska

No. Ban expired May 31, 2020. See notes

-Visit Nebraska Public Service Commission's website to see list of utility providers who have agreed to not shutoff service.

-Nebraska Public Service Commission is allowing utility carriers to seek reimbursement for providing service to low-income families.

Nevada

Yes, but see notes. Yes

-By order of governor, the eviction ban will be phased out from July 31, 2020 through August 31, 2020.

-NV Energy suspended disconnections for nonpayment; check the State of Nevada Public Utilities Commission's website.

New Hampshire

No--expired July 1, 2020 Expires July 15, 2020

-By order of the governor, evictions can resume on July 1, 2020.

-State has created the New Hampshire Housing Relief Program.

-By governor's order, prohibition on disconnection of electric, gas, water, and telephone service will end on July 15, 2020.

New Jersey

Yes

Yes

-Governor's order prohibits removal of tenants from residential properties, and postpones enforcement of all judgments for possessions, warrants of removal, and writs of possession.

-Utilities have suspended shutoff orders.

New Mexico

Yes, but see notes Yes

-See New Mexico's website on the utilities' response to COVID-19.

-New Mexico residents who have received an eviction notice should call the state's COVID-19 general hotline at 1-833-551-0518.

-NM courts have placed a temporary moratorium on eviction. You must provide the court with evidence of current inability to pay rent at your hearing on the eviction petition. Eviction hearings will be held by video or phone, unless parties file a motion for in-person hearing.

-New Mexico Public Regulation Commission ordered suspension of residential customer utility service during public health emergency.

New York

Yes

Yes

-State legislature approved moratorium on evictions for remainder of COVID emergency.

-Governor ordered moratorium on evictions until August 20, 2020. Order also includes direction regarding landlord's use of security deposit to cover unpaid rent, collecting late fees, and repaying unpaid rent.

-No water shutoffs, most utilities have agreed to not shut off during the outbreak.

North Carolina

**Evictions have resumed**

Yes

-Eviction ban expired June 20, 2020. Individuals needing assistance can call or text UNC's Civil Legal Assistance Clinic at 909-590-9165.

-Check with NC Free Legal Help to see if you are eligible for a free consultation with an attorney.

-North Carolina Utilities Commission suspended utility shutoffs and late fees during state of emergency.

North Dakota

**Evictions have resumed*** See notes

-By order of supreme court, evictions have resumed as of April 22, 2020.

-A North Dakota COVID-19 Community and Nonprofit Response Fund was established.

-North Dakota Public Service Commission information on financial assistance with phone or internet service.

Ohio

Probably (see notes) Yes

-Governor requested landlords to not evict tenants.

-Ohio Supreme Court has advised all lower courts to continue eviction-related matters. Not a requirement, so check with local court.

-All regulated Ohio utilities have suspended disconnections during coronavirus threat.

-Ohio resources for economic support.

Oklahoma

No Yes

-Evictions may proceed, but, by order of the Supreme Court of Oklahoma, anyone filing an eviction must certify that the property is not covered under the federal CARES Act.

-Public Service Company of Oklahoma has suspended all service disconnections for non-payment.

-Oklahoma's COVID-19 resources and assistance website.

-Oklahoma COVID-19 call center: 877-215-8336

Oregon

Yes Yes

-Legislature passed bill prohibiting evictions through September 30, 2020.

-Governor updated order, clarifying that landlords may not take any action relating to evictions, including charging late fees or filing eviction papers.

-Oregon PUC list of utility providers who are suspending disconnects.

-Oregon PUC confirms suspension of shutoffs.

Pennsylvania

Yes

Yes

-By order of governor, eviction proceedings on hold until July 10, 2020.

-Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's order prohibiting termination of utilities.

-Philadelphia's moratorium lasts through August 31, 2020.

Rhode Island

Evictions can resume after June 1, 2020 Yes

-By order of supreme court, evictions can resume after June 1, 2020.

-Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Public Utilities Commission ordered halt on termination of service for nonpayment through May 8, 2020 for residential accounts.

South Carolina

No--expired May 15, 2020 Yes

-Supreme Court of South Carolina ordered all currently ordered and scheduled evictions to resume May 15, 2020. Court will accept applications for evictions as of May 15, 2020, as well.

-Any party pursuing an eviction must submit to court a signed, original Certification of Compliance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

-Public Service Commission of South Carolina ordered that all regulated utilities suspend disconnection for nonpayment during state of emergency.

South Dakota

-Check South Dakota Unified Judicial System for status of cases.

-Check South Dakota PUC website for resources related to utilities.

Tennessee

No--expired June 1, 2020 Yes

-Tennessee Supreme Court ordered that evictions may resume June 1, 2020.

-By order of Tennessee Public Utility Commission, no utility shutoffs during state of emergency.

Texas

**No (see notes)*** Yes

-Unless there is a local order protecting tenants from evictions, courts can issue eviction citations and eviction hearings can start as of May 19, 2020.

-For Texas-specific information and resources, see TexasLawHelp.org's website on Property Law Issues During COVID-19 and its publication, Evictions During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

-Public Utility Commission of Texas extended the suspension of disconnections for non-payment until June 13, 2020. The moratorium on late fees ended on May 15, 2020. The Electricity Relief Program expires July 17, 2020.

-TXU Energy is offering customer support resources.

Utah

No--expired May 15, 2020

-The Utah Apartment Association has helpful information and resources for renters and landlords on its website.

Vermont

Yes Yes

-By order of the Vermont Supreme Court, non-emergency court hearings can resume after May 31, 2020. Check with local court to confirm. However, evictions are banned until the end of the state's declared emergency.

-Vermont Public Utility Commission ordered moratorium on utility disconnections for nonpayment. (Until May 31, 2020.)

Virginia

No--expired June 28, 2020

Yes

-Virginia Corporation Commission suspended disconnection of utility service until August 31, 2020.

-Governor ordered that all relevant state agencies work to create strategies to help Virginians avoid evictions or foreclosures.

-Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program.

Washington

Yes See notes

-Governor ordered statewide ban on residential evictions until August 1, 2020. Also, landlords cannot assess late fees or other charges for non-payment or rent.

-Governor issued proclamation urging utilities to not turn off service.

Seattle Yes

-Seattle mayor ordered extension of moratorium on residential evictions through August 1, 2020.

West Virginia

No--expired May 15, 2020 -By order of supreme court of appeals, judicial state of emergency expires May 15, 2020. See courts for information on status.
Wisconsin Expired

Yes

-State is launching the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program for people who have lost income.

-Governor issued utility-related emergency order.

-PSC of Wisconsin launched a customer service phone line for internet and phone service.

Wyoming

No See notes

-Wyoming Supreme Court ordered suspension of all in-person proceedings (with certain exceptions) until May 31, 2020, stating that good cause exists to continue most matters. Check court for status.

-Check Wyoming's COVID-19 website for more information.

-Wyoming Public Service Commission authorized utilities to not cut service and charge fees (i.e., leaves decisions regarding shutoffs to the discretion of the utility).

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