COVID-19 and Housing

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed June 2021

The Massachusetts Eviction Moratorium ended: A national moratorium still protects some tenants

graphic of CDC moratorium expiring July 31, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) ordered a national eviction moratorium. This moratorium stops landlords from evicting some tenants who cannot keep up with rent.

If you qualify, your landlord is not allowed to evict you until after July 31, 2021.

  1. Check to see if you qualify for the national CDC eviction moratorium.
  2. Apply for government rental assistance.
  3. Send the CDC “Declaration" to your landlord

See answers to your questions about the CDC eviction moratorium.

If you qualify, the CDC Declaration can keep you in your home. See How can I use the Declaration now?

Do I qualify for the national CDC eviction moratorium?

To qualify:

  • You must:
    • have received an Economic Impact Payment, "stimulus payment", in 2020 or 2021, or
    • in 2020 earned,
      • $99,000 or less in income, or
      • $198,000 or less in income if you are married and file a joint return, or
    • in 2021 expect
      • $99,000 or less in income, or
      • $198,000 or less in income if you are married and file a joint return, or
    • have had a low enough income in 2020 so that you did not need to file a federal tax return.


  • You are not able to pay your full rent because:
    • you had a “substantial” loss of household income, or
    • you lost your job, were laid off, or your hours were cut back, or
    • you have “extraordinary” out-of-pocket medical expenses. These are medical expenses that add up to more than 7.5% of your adjusted gross income for the year, and no one is paying you back for them.



  • If you were evicted, you are likely to be homeless or have to move in with someone else.



If I qualify, what do I need to do?

 Apply for state rental assistance

You must apply for state rental assistance like RAFT, ERMAERAP or SHERA to use your "best efforts" to apply for government rental assistance and qualify for the national eviction moratorium.

See Where can I get help paying my rent?


Keep copies of all your pre-applications, applications, certifications and other documents when you apply for rental assistance.

If you can swear that all the sentences in the Declaration are true, sign and send a Declaration to your landlord

 Use the MassAccess
CDC Eviction Moratorium Assistant to read through and create a Declaration you can sign, download, email or print and mail to your landlord.


Get a Declaration form


When you sign the Declaration, you are swearing that everything in the Declaration is true.

  • Keep a copy of the Declaration.
  • Send the original to your landlord by certified mail, or email.
  • Try to get proof you gave the Declaration to your landlord:
    * If you send the Declaration by certified mail, keep the receipt.
    * If you email the Declaration, keep the email you sent.
    * If you give your landlord your Declaration, make a note of the date you gave it to them. Write the note on your copy of the Declaration.
  • Keep anything your landlord sends back to you.


Even if you give your landlord your CDC Declaration, they may still file an eviction case against you. See I qualify for the CDC eviction moratorium and I gave my landlord the Declaration, but they are trying to evict me anyway.

If you qualify for the CDC moratorium and your landlord tries to:

  • evict you, or
  • collect money from you

File a complaint online or call (855) 411-2372 to report your landlord.

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