A Looming Eviction Tidal Wave Brings Pro Bono Opportunities for New Lawyers

Keeshea Turner Roberts
As we enter our ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, renters and homeowners continue to feel the pandemic’s effects.

As we enter our ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, renters and homeowners continue to feel the pandemic’s effects.

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For additional opportunities to help with the eviction crisis in various states, visit the ABA COVID-19 Pro Bono Bar Network.

Attention law graduates and newly licensed attorneys: your talents and knowledge are needed! As we enter our ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, renters and homeowners alike continue to feel the effects of the pandemic across the nation.

Eviction Tidal Wave

On September 4, 2020, the Centers on Disease Control (CDC) issued a nationwide moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent. Simply put, a landlord, owner of a residential property, or any other person with a legal right to pursue an eviction cannot evict a tenant because of his or her failure to pay rent. However, this relief is only available to tenants who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have made efforts to seek financial assistance. In addition to the nationwide moratorium, many states and localities have implemented their own moratoriums on evictions and in other areas such as utility shut-off moratoriums, each with their own requirements. However, as 2020 ends and 2021 begins, many moratoriums, including the CDC moratorium, are set to expire. For more information about the eviction and other moratorium policies nationwide, please visit Princeton University’s Eviction Lab. With the expiration of these moratoriums, the eviction process in many states will start up again. It is estimated that as many as 40 million people face eviction due to the inability to pay rent

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