10/06/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/06/2021 08:11
HUD No. 21-167
HUD Public Affairs
October 6, 2021
HUD TO ISSUE RULE PROTECTING TENANTS FACING EVICTIONS FOR NON-PAYMENT OF RENT IN HUD-ASSISTED PROPERTIES
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Wednesday announced that it will publish a rule that prohibits the eviction of tenants facing eviction for nonpayment of rent from HUD-subsidized public housing and certain properties with project-based rental assistance without providing a 30-day notice period that includes information about available federal emergency rental assistance.
The interim rule, which will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, October 7, provides that when there is a national emergency-such as the COVID-19 pandemic-and federal money is allocated to help tenants facing eviction for nonpayment of rent, the HUD Secretary can (1) Expand the notice a covered landlord must give before such a tenant must vacate a unit from 14 days to 30 days; (2) Require landlords to provide information to the tenant regarding federal emergency rental relief along with the eviction notice; and (3) Require landlords to provide notice to all tenants in public housing of the availability of emergency rental assistance. Separately, HUD is publishing notices that invoke this new rule's authority and require provision of information regarding the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
"For many months, our Department has worked with landlords and owners who do business with HUD to ensure they access the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and do everything they can to keep people housed," said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. "This rule is a significant step in raising tenant awareness about the availability of funds that can assist them with past due rent and allowing them additional time to access relief that may stave off eviction entirely. HUD will continue to review additional actions to help protect individuals through the duration of the pandemic."
This action reaffirms HUD's commitment to keeping people housed throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic through the prevention of unnecessary evictions. The Biden-Harris Administration continues to take actions to accelerate aid to renters and landlords, and ensure available support quickly reaches families in need and most at risk of eviction.
This new rule builds on the work HUD is doing to ensure available support is reaching the families the Department serves. HUD has also taken the following actions to prevent evictions and inform communities of their responsibilities and rights: