In order for protection under the CDC eviction ban, renters must provide a declaration to their landlord certifying that they are unable to pay rent and are seeking protection under the CDC’s Order.
Key things to remember about the Declaration
- You are still required to pay rent and follow all the other terms of your lease and rules of the place where you live.
- You may also still be evicted for reasons other than not paying rent or making a housing payment.
- This declaration is sworn testimony, meaning that you can be prosecuted, go to jail, or pay a fine if you lie, mislead, or omit important information.
Example of a Renter’s Declaration
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.
Signature of Declarant and Date
Does it apply to Georgia?
The short answer is that the CDC’s eviction ban does apply to all cities in Georgia, including Savannah. An in-depth article with more details can be found here – Does the CDC eviction ban apply to Savannah?