U.S. Eviction Moratorium ‘Not Helpful to a Lot of People in Md.,’ Official Warns

​Marylanders will still need to go to court to fend off evictions under the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium, state officials told tenants during a Tuesday night virtual town hall.

The CDC moratorium has stringent requirements for renters to avoid eviction, Assistant Attorney General Karen Straughn told the Montgomery County Renters Alliance during a virtual forum on Tuesday. Straughn called the order “very limited” and said Marylanders aren’t automatically protected by its provisions.

“It’s not helpful to a lot of people in Maryland,” Straughn said.

In order to avoid eviction under the new moratorium, tenants will be required to sign an affidavit saying that they won’t earn more than $99,000 in annual income in 2020 and meet other income requirements; tried to get any available government rental or housing assistance; are trying to make “timely partial payments;” and showing that they lost income due to the COVID-19 outbreak.