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Legal Tip of the Week - CARES Act


Last updated 7/7/2020 at 11:22am

Did you know that the CARES Act protects some tenants from eviction for nonpayment of rent through July 25? 

The CARES Act protects tenants in federally covered rentals from eviction for non-payment of rent through July 25. After July 25, a landlord must then give tenants in federally covered units a 30-day notice before they can file an eviction lawsuit against a tenant.  

Your rental is considered federally “covered” if you or the landlord participate in a federal housing assistance program. Federal housing programs include Section 8, Low Income Housing Tax Credit properties, USDA, and others. There are online tools you can use to look up your address to see if you are covered. If you live in a building with fewer than 5 units, you may need to ask your landlord if there’s a mortgage on your building and if it’s federally covered.  Renters protected by the CARES Act still need to pay their rent. The protections just give you a little more time to get the rent paid.  It’s a good idea to communicate with your landlord and try to work out an arrangement to pay back rent.

To learn more, check out our “FAQs for Montana Renters Related to Coronavirus (Regular Updates)” on http://MontanaLawHelp.org . If you can’t find what you’re looking for, try the smart search bar. Or call the Montana Legal Services Association HelpLine at 1 (800) 666-6899. Support free legal information for all Montanans at http://mtlsa.org/donate .


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