With no nationwide ban on evictions, the outcome for struggling renters truly depends on where they live.
The eviction moratorium in the CARES Act covered properties with federally backed mortgages and expired at the end of July. Now people who are struggling to pay the rent are relying on their local protections and, while some states have protections in place, others do not.
In states where an eviction moratorium was extended, the protections and qualifications may be narrower than before.
While many renters struggle to pay their rent, there are also landlords who are struggling to pay the mortgage as a result.
“Without such aid, up to 40 million Americans may lose their homes in this downturn, four times the amount seen during the Great Recession. More than 1 in 5 renters were behind on their in July. Some states will be especially hard hit: Nearly 60% of renters in West Virginia are at risk of eviction.”