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Eviction Moratorium Research Brief

August 2021

Eviction Pressures Abating as Economy, Labor Market Continue to Improve

Rising infections prompt moratorium extension. On Aug. 3 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention enacted a new order halting residential evictions in counties with substantial or high levels of COVID-19 community transmission. As of Aug. 17, most counties in the U.S. met that criteria, effectively extending a ban on residential evictions that has been in place in one form or another since April 2020. Once the order expires, currently slated for Oct. 3, pending eviction proceedings can move forward. While 16 months of delays will inevitably lead to more eviction orders being filed than in a typical year, a mass wave of forced exits is unlikely.

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