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Evictions DURING CORONAVIRUS
Two mandates that effect evictions during this crisis, Governor Whitmer's Executive Orders and the federal protections under the CARES Act.
Under the Governor's Executive Orders, a landlord CANNOT (i) file an eviction case until June 12, and (ii) give a tenant a Demand for Possession/Notice to Quit (a document which says rent is owed and that you have 7 days to pay or vacate without court action) before June 12, 2020.
The Federal Moratorium
Under the CARES ACT, a landlord whose property is federally subsidized (e.g. a HUD project-based site, accepts a housing choice voucher) or has a federally-backed mortgage CANNOT file a non-payment of rent eviction case on that property until after July 25, 2020. Landlords are required to give 30 days notice instead of the typical 7 day notice required under state law. Additionally, landlords CANNOT charge late fees and other rent-related penalties during this period. These protections apply only to nonpayment of rent cases.
For a partial list of covered properties, search at https://nlihc.org/federal-moratoriums.
Do I Still Owe Rent?
You still owe rent. Neither the state nor federal pause on evictions forgive rent. The moratoriums only delay when an eviction case can be filed.
What Should I Do If I Can't Afford to Pay the Rent?
Talk to your landlord and explain your situation. If you reach an agreement you are comfortable with, get it in writing.
If you cannot come to agreement, you should prepare for an eviction case by reviewing the notice above to learn more about housing law, connect with an attorney, and get other housing assistance.